EDITOR: A free press is essential to our democracy. According to your Sunday editorial ("A change in PD policy on elections"), The Press Democrat is no longer free to endorse candidates as it must follow rules laid out by its new owner, a southern newspaper syndicate. The rationale is a Rupert Murdoch/FoxNews "fair and balanced" approach.
I have watched with concern gradual changes being made to this fine newspaper. Even the political cartoons often lack their usual punch. On several Sundays, two of the five in the cartoon gallery were by the very unfunny Lisa Benson, who either bashes President Barack Obama or Gov. Jerry Brown.
Enough, I say. Stay true to the liberal spirit of Sonoma County, and don't let Halifax change our Press Democrat.
<b>Paper's new policy</b>
EDITOR: Your election policy change is a step in the right direction. A better start would be a change in the name of the newspaper. I always say, "They don't call it The Press Democrat for nothing." Also, your comment that "those who write opinions and those who write news stories are not even on the same floor" is less than convincing. Especially since in the next sentence you say, "We are all coming from the same place."
LARRY D. JOHNSON