Thanks for running relevant news

To the editor:

I write this letter in response to the gentleman who is concerned that The Journal may be showing bias by printing a front-page story about the Women’s March on Washington and only including articles about the March for Life and Vice President Pence’s speech at that march on page two. The first March for Life was held in Washington, D.C. on January 22, 1974 and has taken place annually since then. The first year that the march was held, it was historic. It was new and different and something people thought was necessary due to the current political climate and the passing of Roe. v. Wade.

Fast forward 43 years. The first Women’s March on Washington was held on January 21. Women from New Ulm made the trip to Washington, D.C. for this march. Since this is the first year that the march was held, it was an historic event. It was new and different and something people think is necessary due to the current political climate. For those who marched or wanted to march it is proving important due to the number of executive orders that are hastily being signed and pushed through Congress. That The Journal covered the march on the front page should not be a surprise. The fact that they did cover the 43rd March for Life but didn’t include it until page two should not be a surprise. The Journal is responsible for reporting events that are relevant. Even though the march was controversial and unpopular in some circles, it was the duty of the newspaper to print an article about it.

All writing, to some degree, incorporates the bias of the author. It is a good thing that we are more likely to look for bias in the news more now that we would have in the past. We should be asking whether we agree with what is happening and whether it is being reported fairly. We should not, however, chastise our reporters for sharing information with us that has a significant impact on our society. More than any other time in our history, we need to listen to each other, make ourselves aware of what is going on, and really hear each other. We need to be willing to consider other points of view and not get upset when they differ from ours. When we let go of our differences, we will be able to build a better and stronger nation.

With Hope,

Sasha Seifert

New Ulm

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