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Peo­ple of­ten ask us why we do not re­port on ‘‘more pos­i­tive sto­ries’’ from the com­mu­nity. The fact is that we do. How­ever as a news­pa­per it is our duty to faith­fully and truth­fully re­port on what’s hap­pen­ing in the com­mu­nity, re­gard­less of whether it be deemed neg­a­tive or pos­i­tive. That is the role of news­pa­pers world-wide and has been the role of the Chron­i­cle since its in­cep­tion 50 years ago. We owe it to the found­ing mem­bers of this pa­per to con­tinue up­hold­ing the same val­ues and prin­ci­ples they set in the be­gin­ning. Sure, we could opt to only re­port on pos­i­tive news and I’m sure that would be wel­comed - for a fi­nite time. If we chose to put on our blink­ers and only re­port on the pos­i­tive, that could be deemed as cen­sor­ship, hid­ing the truth from our read­ers. And that’s not what we’re about. We’re about bring­ing you the full pic­ture, warts and all, as best we can. We all strive to pro­vide a bal­ance in our sto­ries, to be an in­de­pen­dent win­dow on the com­mu­nity.

Lawrence Gullery

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