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Letter: Make columns ‘a little less one-sided’

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Editor,

The Current has helped build our Zionsville community with local human-interest stories about town leaders and residents. I appreciate your recent cover stories about town council President Elizabeth Hopper and Whitney Vredenburgh’s Nested Spaces business, for instance.

Why then, risk alienating readers on your “Views” page? The columns seem to take a consistently right-wing political point of view, and a less-than well considered one at that.

Your Jan. 31 column, “Bring on voter IDs,” greatly simplified the issue of voter identification cards, failing to even acknowledge that requirements such as this have historically been used to discriminate against minority groups. In the same piece, you once again slammed mainstream media, as well. True, members of the media do sometimes make errors in judgment. But what is the alternative to mainstream media—partisan outlets like Fox News or Breitbart? Or should we just tell the media to “keep its mouth shut,” as President Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon recently suggested? I don’t think so. Right now the mainstream media is our best defense against “alternative facts” and fake news.

In the same issue, you took yet another strike at progressives in our community with “They made noise and left,” by Terry Anker. For what it’s worth, hundreds of people in Zionsville and Boone County, both Republicans and Democrats, supported the Women’s March. Several even traveled to Washington, D.C., for the event. These people were standing up for what they believe in. Yet Mr. Anker belittled them, suggesting the protest was like the temper tantrum of a toddler refusing to eat peas.

Like it or not, 2016’s presidential election had the result of bringing more progressive voices into politics, even in Zionsville. We have no intention of leaving. If you truly wish for The Current to be valued throughout our community, consider making your columns a little less one-sided. At the very least, add a column with an opposing, more progressive point of view.

Evelyn Twitchell
Zionsville


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