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To the Antigo Daily Journal:

I would like to make a few comments on the article that Leonard Boltz wrote.

First, do we really want to promote the narrative of "fake news" that some in power use to create fear and distrust and suspicion so that they can't be held accountable by anything the press says? I've read the Antigo Daily Journal my entire life and though there are times I don't agree with how something was reported, our local paper is not "fake news.'' Yes, there are times they have a bias on an issue. We all do that. It is part of being human. But I read most of their editorials and they range from conservative to liberal. The very fact that the Journal published an opinion criticizing their own paper should cause people to question the accusation that they are "fake news.''

Secondly, to take a shot at our universities and those that graduate from them is unwarranted and unproductive.

I graduated from college and even took a journalism class. I think that class helped me become more thoughtful and equipped to try to see the world as less black and white. I have a son working on his doctorate at Madison. He brings fellow students from all parts of the world home with him. I find these young people to be some of the most intellectually honest and bright people.

My son tells me most professors seek to give students the tools they need to think critically and reason out issues for themselves. I think that is a good thing, and if that process leads a majority of them to try to "make America a fairer place to live" I would hope most of us would support them in that endeavor.

And lastly, let me share a couple thoughts on making Langlade County a Second Amendment Sanctuary. Just because one doesn't believe this is necessary and only serves to divide people, doesn't mean that person doesn't believe in the Second Amendment. Just because a person believes in measures that might reduce gun violence and keep guns out of the hands of those that would use them for harming others or doesn't think certain types of guns need to be in made available to the public, doesn't mean that person doesn't believe in the Second Amendment.

And just because a majority of those that attended the meeting on this issue are advocates for labeling our county a Second Amendment Sanctuary, doesn't mean a majority of the people in this community agree with such a statement. Mr. Boltz certainly has a right to his opinion and it looks like our county board will vote in the way he approves, even though it is non-binding and will not change anything here in Langlade County. I welcome Mr. Boltz opinion. What isn't healthy or constructive in presenting that opinion is framing those that hold a different point of view as "fake news" or "liberal" or "socialist.'' So let's listen to one another, and especially to those we disagree with and perhaps we will create a fairer community to live in.

David Zalewski

Bryant
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Writer rejects 'fake news' label, questions sanctuary proposal
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To the Antigo Daily Journal:

I would like to make a few comments on the article that Leonard Boltz wrote.

First, do we really want to promote the narrative of "fake news" that some in power use to create fear and distrust and suspicion so that they can't be held accountable by anything the press says? I've read the Antigo Daily Journal my entire life and though there are times I don't agree with how something was reported, our local paper is not "fake news.'' Yes, there are times they have a bias on an issue. We all do that. It is part of being human. But I read most of their editorials and they range from conservative to liberal. The very fact that the Journal published an opinion criticizing their own paper should cause people to question the accusation that they are "fake news.''

Secondly, to take a shot at our universities and those that graduate from them is unwarranted and unproductive.

I graduated from college and even took a journalism class. I think that class helped me become more thoughtful and equipped to try to see the world as less black and white. I have a son working on his doctorate at Madison. He brings fellow students from all parts of the world home with him. I find these young people to be some of the most intellectually honest and bright people.

My son tells me most professors seek to give students the tools they need to think critically and reason out issues for themselves. I think that is a good thing, and if that process leads a majority of them to try to "make America a fairer place to live" I would hope most of us would support them in that endeavor.

And lastly, let me share a couple thoughts on making Langlade County a Second Amendment Sanctuary. Just because one doesn't believe this is necessary and only serves to divide people, doesn't mean that person doesn't believe in the Second Amendment. Just because a person believes in measures that might reduce gun violence and keep guns out of the hands of those that would use them for harming others or doesn't think certain types of guns need to be in made available to the public, doesn't mean that person doesn't believe in the Second Amendment.

And just because a majority of those that attended the meeting on this issue are advocates for labeling our county a Second Amendment Sanctuary, doesn't mean a majority of the people in this community agree with such a statement. Mr. Boltz certainly has a right to his opinion and it looks like our county board will vote in the way he approves, even though it is non-binding and will not change anything here in Langlade County. I welcome Mr. Boltz opinion. What isn't healthy or constructive in presenting that opinion is framing those that hold a different point of view as "fake news" or "liberal" or "socialist.'' So let's listen to one another, and especially to those we disagree with and perhaps we will create a fairer community to live in.

David Zalewski

Bryant
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