It was probably Benjamin Franklin who first said, “Don’t believe everything you read in the newspapers.” That warning has been quoted and misquoted by so many people since, applied to every medium from the Bible to Facebook, and extended to include those things that we see and hear as well, that we no longer are certain of its origin. No matter what the medium of communication, I’m becoming more cynical each time I look to television for information.

As much as I love the written word and appreciate newspapers, I have to admit that it takes more time to print and distribute the written word than it takes radio and television to broadcast timely information. Newspapers, however, do have more time to verify information and to delve deeper into issues, thus giving us more complete and accurate accounts of current events. No matter how the information reaches me, I find myself with more questions than answers.

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