Enclosed is my check for another year’s subscriptoin — I do appreciate getting the news through your publication since we have a second home in Jefferson Landing in Jefferson.

I also appreciate your recent editorial defending the free press — in spite of President Donald Trump’s frightening statements attacking it — as not fake news.

There is no doubt that almost all professional news sources (TV, newspaper, magazines) try to be accurate in reporting, and also that the fourth estate is tremendously critical today. Frankly, we have a president who has provably lied literally hundreds of times, yet if one of your, or other, legitimate reporters did a fraction of that, they would be fired.

However, I had to think twice about renewing my subscription this time as the AMT has a significant far-right tilt in its cartoons and regular editorials. I realize Ashe County and this area may be more red than blue, but how about publishing some diversity of viewpoints? I imagine for a newspaper there are many sources to find them.

Bert Bowe


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Tom Mayer is the executive editor of Mountain Times Publications, a group of five news newspapers, six websites and one monthly periodical in the High Country of North Carolina.

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