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Common sense should prevail

Common sense should prevail

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The Fact Check article in Tuesday's edition of the Napa Valley Register by AP journalist Alicia Caldwell made me chuckle. No wonder Trump has no love for the press.

She quoted Trump as saying, "The seven countries named in the executive order are the same countries previously identified by the Obama administration as sources of terror." This one sentence is a fact Alicia was supposedly checking and reporting to us on. She said the sentence was "misleading" but the sentence is not misleading at all.

She goes on to say that in 2015 Congress voted additional security measures on foreign citizens coming to the U.S. if they had visited the seven countries. The bill was passed overwhelmingly by Congress and signed by Obama. So the fact is that the Obama administration did consider those seven countries to be sources of terror, or they would not have voted the security measures. She had a couple long paragraphs giving additional information not relevant to the basic fact she was checking.

This is but one small example of how the press can twist things, and why it is so important to put aside emotion, vitriol, fear and anxiety when reading and listening to news. We have a civic obligation to think for ourselves and not found our arguments on the emotions of celebrities. No matter how partisan you may be, logic and common sense should prevail.

Debbi Hamilton


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