David Keighley

Homelessness, addiction, and panhandling deserve journalistic rigor

Let me get this straight. Your policy is that you do not publish anonymous letters to the editor. The letter included some statements that were described in the letter as unsubstantiated rumor and gossip.

It was written and signed, according to you, by more than 20 local business people who did not wish to be identified. In view of the importance of the topic you published the letter anyway but not the identity of the authors.

We are in a period when press freedom is under assault in many countries and we have a sitting president who describes any published reports concerning his and his subordinates' misdeeds as “fake news.”

You chose to publish the letter despite the ethical dilemma it posed. I hope you did not lose any sleep over it.

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