Letter: Politicians should watch what’s said

Published 8:54 pm Tuesday, August 15, 2017

I read the guest column by Amy Klobuchar with great interest. I, too, believe in free press/speech as long as it’s honest, factual and doesn’t leave out information just to sway peoples opinions.

To quote her article, “Over the past few months, we have heard about ‘alternative facts.’ We have heard an administration official suggest that the press should ‘keep its mouth shut.’ And we have even seen efforts to limit journalists’ access to elected officials.”

Elected officials (to me) are an open book whether they like it or not. They will be belittled, scrutinized, but also praised. If they don’t like the thought of being in the public eye, why would a person run for these elected offices? Hopefully why they run is to help serve the public in their absolute best way possible. Not just for the prestige, authority or the notoriety of it all.

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If they don’t like what is being quoted, then they should watch what they say. Like most people growing up, I was advised to think before you speak. Of course, this is of my own humble opinion.

Steven Hacker

Albert Lea