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Greater pride

To the Editor:

When we hear of traditional print media news organizations folding, a sentimental tear runs down our cheeks. Printed news and opinion is the cornerstone of our democracy. After all, was it not a printed pamphlet, “Common Sense,” that spurred this nation to rise up and declare its independence?

The Northwest Herald needs to take greater pride in this tradition, as was evidenced last week when a retraction identified the primary subject of its story on seasonal affect disorder was making the whole thing up. It did get in the paper, though.

Later, in a story about poverty in Illinois, the Northwest Herald printed that 1.9 million Illinoisans, a reported one-third of our state population, was below the poverty line. In actuality Illinois has almost 13 million residents, which makes that more like 14 percent.

And Thursday, on the cover of the Planit Play, the cover read, “Comedian puts his career in ‘Top Gear,’ visits Volo Saturday.” Reading the article inside, however, you see that Adam Ferrara appeared on Feb. 24, which is Sunday, not Saturday. It’s time to educate your reporters and editors on proof reading.

Edward Varga

Richmond

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