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Is it just me or do the Powell's get a lot of letters published? Their views do not reflect the views of the majority of residents. Maybe they pay the newspaper to publish their letters? If so, come the next election I will make sure to send in my donation too...

Sarah Haines
January 23, 2013

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    January 24, 2013 | 10:28 PM

    On occassion I have strongly disagreed with the Powells and at other times agreed with their opinions. In both cases, I have found their letters to be well researched and well written which I assume are some of the reasons they are published. Many, but not all, of my letters have been published and rumor has it that I have some in with the local paper. I don't think so, they certainly do not pay me anything and in fact I pay them to subscribe to their paper. In the case of the Powells and others, it might be that they submit letters with some content which is probably another good attribute for having them printed. As for the Powells not reflecting the majority of residents, that's what elections are for, not opinion letters. I for one like to read other opinions whether I agree with them or not and it is one of the reasons I subscribe to the Clarkston News.

    Cory Johnston
    City of the Village of Clarkstn
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    Feel free to counter our letters with facts
    February 06, 2013 | 07:50 AM

    Sarah: Sorry, we didn't realize that exercising our first amendment right to speak out had to be done so only when it is in agreement with your views.
    We find it troubling to be publicly accused of bribing the Clarkston News with payment to print our letters to the Editor. We are appalled by the accusation and we find your intent to silence opposing viewpoints questionable.
    We took an official "view" of the majority on Nov. 6, 2012. The results? The "view" of the majority in the community was NO to the library millage tax increase. A fact that cannot be denied.
    So we must conclude that you are upset that a majority in the community didn't hold the same view when they voted down the tax increase.

    The library was guaranteed two elections before a single vote was cast in the first, so you can rest assured in the knowledge that you will get a chance to "send in your donation" to get your letter printed for August 2014, election.
    In the meantime, feel free to counter our letters with facts, not false accusations.

    Michael and Lori Powell

    Michael Powell
    Independence Township
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