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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Letters to the editor are a form of public dialogue, a true marketplace of ideas, where people of diverse viewpoints bump into each other as they plead their case. There's never been a time when letters to the editor were more important.
From the note: "In 2018, the News Tribune joined other ... newspapers by treating such 'letters' for what they really are: paid political content."
"The News Tribune, like most newspapers, remains committed to hosting, via its Opinion pages, exchanges that are robust and productive."
Feeling pretty strongly about the latest hot topic buzzing the community? Before you fire off that letter to the editor, there are a few things that can be considered.

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It seems that too often, readers mistake news as opinion. In some cases, readers believe a newspaper’s simple decision to pursue and publish certain stories is opinion disguised as news.
Too many emails and calls to his office go unanswered
If you pay attention to the names at the bottoms of this litany of letters, you notice that, in many instances, they are the same as on letters that for four years bad-mouthed President Donald Trump for anything he did.
A reminder here that letters for and against candidates — those vote-for-him/don’t-support-her notes that historically have inundated and overrun newspaper opinion pages in the run-ups to elections — are treated as paid content now in the News Tribune.
Judging from emails and phone calls I’ve been getting, there’s confusion about the News Tribune transformation that begins this week.
Even though I know this area of the state is predominately made up of DFL supporters, I'm so sick and tired of all the Trump hatred spewed on the News Tribune Opinion pages, particularly from a few who write in every month. They spew about how bad President Donald Trump is. They would lead us to believe that if Trump walked on water — across the Duluth Harbor — he should be criticized: "Oh, he is only doing that because he can't swim." They would lead us to believe that Trump colluded with Russia because he puts Russian dressing on his salads. These few never have structural suggestions or intellectual solutions to anything Trump could do better.

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My husband was a refugee. His family fled Yugoslavia ahead of the advance of the Russian front during World War II. After years in refugee camps in Austria, the family spread to three continents and built new lives as productive citizens.
Hate. Even the word sounds bad. But hate is what some “news” organizations have. I watched former Congressman Joe Scarborough on MSNBC screaming into a camera his hate for President Donald Trump. Other networks have what I call hate panels that seem to try to outdo each other with their hate for the president. What has he done to deserve hate 24/7?
The Nov. 7 letter, “ Letters boost global battle against disease,” reminded us that grassroots, proactive letter-to-the-editor writing, etc., as well as cooperation, can bring results. After all, it was Republicans and Democrats working together recently that facilitated the Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria being supported for another three years.

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