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False identity
by Kenda Nelson, editor
Nov 15, 2012 | 906 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Last week, a letter to the editor was published using a false identity. Truth is, we were fooled.

Someone went to great lengths to convince us he or she was John White, even made up an Email account with John’s name and submitted it through the website. The account was deleted after the letter was published.

The fictitious writer questioned the salary of an employee at the Economic Development office which he/she claimed was $48,000. The salary turned out to be $37,000 for an assistant to the director — not a secretarial position.

Our long-standing policy is that people who do not include their names do not get their letters published.

Letters submitted using bogus information make it more difficult for all those who stand by their opinions and convictions.

We will continue to welcome letters to the editor but we will be more vigilant in the future.

Those submitted in person, by mail or Email must include a valid phone number so the identity of the writer can be verified.

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