Published in the Oct. 30, 2012, Tomahawk Leader:
I did not realize that to express an opinion for one candidate or another, or express an opinion that is leaning towards one party of another, can be charged for in an editorial column. What if a serious issue comes up, whether it be a bill or a recall, that is brought up by either party? Do I get charged for $25 then?
This is a very unusual change to our constitution. Freedom of speech is now charged based on the editorial content?
Editorials are looked into as to people that wrote them. The signature as such is not a reflection of the newspaper. It is an individual expressing their views. Your newspaper already says that they are not responsible for the editorial’s views. You are just publishing them.
This is what a newspaper does. Publish. Charges are for subscriptions, advertisements and people’s personal ads. A newspaper publishes information about what is happening in the community.
It is not to charge for editorials.