Media must take a moral stand

By Leonard Pitts Jr., Tribune Content Agency “Five minutes for Hitler, five minutes for the Jews.” That, according to legend — and a Facebook page for alumni of The Miami Herald — was the routine response of an ’80s-era editor whenever some hapless reporter was working overly hard to bring “balance” to a story where none should exist, where the moral high ground was clearly held by one side or the other. I don’t know who the editor was, but that riposte brims with a wisdom sorely lacking in modern…

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Newspapers, the answer to fake news

By Leonard Pitts Jr., Tribune Content Agency:   “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free … it expects what never was and never will be.” — Thomas Jefferson There is good news on fake news. As you doubtless know, the proliferation thereof has people fretting. President Obama has dubbed it a threat to democracy. And there is a rising demand for social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter, often used as platforms for these viral untruths, to take corrective action. But the good news is that anyone who…

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Let’s Be Real: If you’re going to hunt – be ETHICAL

‘Tis the season.  Of course, I’m not talking about the holidays… which is still my favorite time of year.  No, I’m talking about rifle season.  Deer season.  Huntin’ season.  If you grew up in Georgia, there’s a chance you know something about it. I, however, did NOT grow up in Georgia.  I grew up in West Texas. On our family farm on the Oklahoma-Texas state line, we learned to handle a firearm at a young age.  I think I shot my first shotgun when I was seven or eight years old,…

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Preacher’s Point: LOOKING FOR A CHURCH

By Pastor Timothy Johnson, Guest Columnist: LOOKING FOR A CHURCH (16 JAN 17)     Have you ever been in the position of looking for a church? People have various reasons for looking for a church. Maybe they have always been church goes and have moved to a new area; possibly they are dissatisfied with the church they currently attend; maybe they have never been a regular church attendee, but feel they should start. Churches are usually excited when visitors walk in the door. The smaller the church, the more…

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Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, I want to state publicly my annoyance with the uncalled for attack done by Commissioner Earl Johnson that targeted — primarily — citizen Joe Webb but also other citizens who have voiced concerns about county government malfeasance and misfeasance. The pretext of Johnson’s fifteen-minute rant at the October 25 commissioners meeting was a letter from the state attorney general’s office. The letter stated the office had declined to act on Mr. Webb’s complaint that the Fannin County Board of Commissioners illegally failed to respond to his Open…

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Let’s Be Real: Freedom Isn’t Free

By Jason Banks Editor Last week was easily the busiest week of my life here as editor at the Fannin Focus. As you can imagine, the phones were ringing off the hook, emails were pouring in, and our facebook message inbox was so full I couldn’t keep a full charge on my cell phone or tablet while trying to keep up. “Keep up the good fight,” one message read. “We’re behind you,” said another. And the trend continued throughout the week. I’ll be honest, I am too lazy to count…

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