A letter to the editor on July 5 was in response to a June 7 editorial relative to political candidates. (The “Our View” editorial was headlined, “Quality candidates needed to step up.”)

The letter in response said people are reluctant to run for political office because of media scrutiny.

Yes, political candidates are properly examined by journalists and voters to make sure law-abiding and good people are elected. Anyone afraid of "being exposed" should not become a candidate.

I spent 32 years in elective office and can say that the journalists are fair and honest. Journalists and politicians have difficult vocations. But the great majority of elected officials I served with were or are super people who care about others and doing the right things. The media corporations do not have enough resources to cover all professions, so they mostly report about actors, athletes, and politicians. If they reported about others, we would find that all professions have "bad apples."

I am very concerned about our democratic system since 67 percent of people get their information from the internet, which is not regulated like printed and electronic media, including radios and televisions. The internet is an important and useful medium, but anyone can write anything they want, and too many people consider such information reliable and factual.

Our president seems to use that way to communicate with simple statements via his Twitter account, and he says journalists are fake. It is unfair that he cannot be taken to court to prove his charges. In fact, journalists and other fact-examining organizations have found that President Donald Trump has made more than 10,000 mistakes and mistruths since becoming president.

Mike Jaros

Duluth