Wednesday, February 4, 2004

Urban legends easily checked on many Web sites

I recently moved to Fayetteville and have been receiving The Citizen, which I appreciate as a way to get to know the community in which I now live. However, I must take exception to your printing the letter to the editor entitled, “Target is not a good neighbor,” without doing some fact-checking.

The writer mentioned an e-mail that he had received detailing ways in which Target doesn’t support veterans and the military. Whenever I receive forwarded e-mails that just don’t sound quite right or that demean a particular person or company, I usually will check with an urban legends website to see if what I have been sent is fact or fiction. I have previously received the e-mail about Target mentioned by your writer and found out through an urban legends website that it is not entirely true.

While I understand that letters to the editor allow the public to comment on issues important to them, I believe that it is the responsibility of the newspaper’s staff to ensure that what is printed is true and correct.

C. Luplow

Fayetteville, Ga.

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