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Reader's View: Inaccuracy mars story about downtown

Let's commit to making the world better and go back to reporting as accurately as possible by checking facts and providing balanced information.

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The days of journalistic integrity and checking facts seem to have left newsrooms completely. How ironic that Washington Post columnist Marc A. Thiessen's commentary on distrust in the media (National View: “Distrust in the media makes the ‘Big Lie’ buyable,” July 30) was in the same edition as the News Tribune showing it fails to ensure the information it reports is accurate.

Buried in the front-page article about Hucklebeary (“ Hucklebeary finds a permanent home: Pop-up success moving to Superior Street ”) was misinformation about the timing of the demolition of the building Hucklebeary formerly occupied and what the site will become once the demolition is complete. Hucklebeary is a wonderful business operated by a fantastic owner and her team, and it is unfortunate the article was marred by misinformation.

I have found it quite disconcerting that since applying for a demolition permit in October 2021, not a single media outlet reached out asking for comment on any story or article until we went before the Duluth Heritage Preservation Commission in June. Not one. During this time, a media outlet reported that a parking lot or ramp was going to be built at the site, following the demolition, a claim that was then perpetuated through other media sources without anyone verifying with the owner or its agent whether it was factual.

Let me put the record straight. We are not building a parking lot or parking ramp.

The building, in its current condition, is no longer contributing to the quality or experience of the community and poses risks to public health, safety, welfare, and prosperity. It is even more of a hazard now that it is empty. Once the building is demolished, barriers will be placed to prevent any parking on the site.

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Media in all forms are very powerful and can change the world. Let's commit to making the world better and go back to reporting as accurately as possible by checking facts and providing balanced information.

Anne Stratioti

South Range

The writer is operations administrator for ZMC Hotels in Duluth.

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