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Reporting on the Hill, Part 2

First things first, a correction: My too-fast fingers misspelled Cyrus Hagge's name in my piece about reporting operations on the Hill. My apologies to Mr. Hagge.

Secondly, some others have weighed in on their thoughts about the Observer, including former MHNO board member Heather Curtis.

"In my personal opinion, the Observer exists to provide a public forum," she wrote in February (while she was still on the board). "Although a cherished right of the people, freedom of the press is different from other liberties of the people in that it is both individual and institutional. It applies not just to a single person's right to publish ideas, but also to the right of print and broadcast media to express political views and to cover and publish news. A free press is, therefore, one of the foundations of a democratic society, and as Walter Lippmann, the 20th-century American columnist, wrote, 'A free press is not a privilege, but an organic necessity in a great society.' Indeed, as society has grown increasingly complex, people rely more and more on newspapers, radio, and television to keep abreast with world news, opinion, and political ideas. One sign of the importance of a free press is that when antidemocratic forces take over a country, their first act is often to muzzle the press."

"Obviously, we will resist attemps to turn the Observer into just a newsletter for the MHNO Board rather than a robust, vibrant community newspaper," she added in an email this week.

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