Goshen News, Goshen, IN

July 11, 2013

Is there censorship at The News?

— It was with a great deal of interest that I read The Goshen News editorial (June 28). I was especially intrigued by the second paragraph that read, “Like all news organizations, we are strong advocates for First Amendment rights. People should be allowed to say and write what they want, as long as what they say are not threats to someone’s person.”

I found this particularly interesting because during my many years as a subscriber to “The Goshen News” I have submitted probably a dozen or so letters to the editor that were not published, and I could never understand why. I made no threats or personal attacks. I used no foul, abusive or obscene language. I criticized no race or religion. All I did was express my own personal opinion on current events. I can only surmise that my letters were not printed because someone at the News did not agree with me, and that, dear editor, is nothing more than censorship which you, as a responsible member of the Fourth Estate, should decry very loudly. Somehow, I expected more from the News.  

— Robert E. Williams