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A New Publication!

Thomas Jefferson’s likeness peering out from Mt. Rushmore. (Image cc Paul Thompson.)

We’re happy to announce a new publication on the Olympic Peninsula! Our goal is to provide important information for people living in and near Sequim, and to provide a place to have healthy dialogue.

We sympathize with people who distrust the news media, and we’d like to find out if there is a different way to do things.

“Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper…” 1Letter to John Norvell (11 June 1807). (Link)

—Thomas Jefferson, 1807

“The newspapers, I perceive, devote some of their columns specially to politics or government… but, as I love literature, and, to some extent, the truth also, I never read those columns at any rate. I do not wish to blunt my sense of right so much.”2“Life Without Principle”, 1863.

—Henry David Thoreau, 1863

Even though many of us are skeptical about the news media, on a different occasion Thomas Jefferson said that having proper news media was a bigger priority to him than trying to have a good government! He said the basis of government is the opinion of the people, and therefore he asked: how can people form proper opinions if they do not know what is going on?3“The basis of our government being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right; and were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.” Letter to Colonel Edward Carrington (16 January 1787).

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Footnotes

  • 1
    Letter to John Norvell (11 June 1807). (Link)
  • 2
    “Life Without Principle”, 1863.
  • 3
    “The basis of our government being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right; and were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.” Letter to Colonel Edward Carrington (16 January 1787).