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Dear Editor:

In the July 3 issue, on the letters page, titled in smaller print at the top OPINIONS, an unsigned and unverified but obviously biased and slanted piece appeared under letters to the editor, all signed. The position of the piece suggested that it was probably another letter to the editor, but since it was not signed, it's not a big stretch to assume it was an editorial opinion.

The headline of the article immediately paints a negative picture of the president of the United States, which certainly indicated a possible anti-Trump slam would follow. Which it did.

The article or opinion or whatever it was is filled with quotes from left wing environmentalist lawyers and other activists. Those quoted are: Kyle Tisdel, attorney and energy program director with the Western Environmental Law Center; Natasha Leger, executive director of Citizens for a Healthy Community; Taylor McKinnon, a senior campaigner at the Center for Biological diversity; Nathaniel Shoaff, senior attorney at the Sierra Club; and Rebecca Fischer, climate and energy program attorney with WildEarth Guardians. All of the inferred facts announced by these so-called experts were in no way supported, just reported as facts.

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to understand and realize that these are the same people who, or others with similar minds, brought you travel management some 30 years ago. Their apparent purpose is to restrict public lands for public use, including management, in any manner available. Even if it means to cut off their noses to spite their faces.

I do wonder about the new owner/publisher's journalistic commitment to only report fair and balanced news. The placement of this un-authored piece directly under signed letters to the editor certainly raised some red flags. Someone certainly should assume full responsibility for writing anonymous pieces that give the impression they are "news."

Bill Sutton

(Editor's note: The DCI's commitment to fair and balanced news has not changed. It was assumed, apparently incorrectly, that readers would understand the origin of the content based on the individuals and organizations quoted within the piece. In the future, we will strive to label such pieces as press releases.)

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