I had a piece written ready to roast people who have been ragging on us on Facebook about our coverage of a city council meeting in our May 9 issue. But I thought ‘why would I stoop to their level?’

Some people who have been dragging The Purcell Register through the mud don’t have a clear idea about journalism and the open meetings and open records acts.

It’s not their fault. They are just unclear about the law.

Some folks do not understand that we are just doing our job when we are on the clock, covering public meetings trying to bring the news to the public.

There are many things that matter more than whose house needs a new coat of paint.

We all need to work together to build our community, our state and our nation.

I empathize with Jay Tate catching flack about naming some addresses, but Jay was just trying to help our town be a better community.

We didn’t portray that in our coverage of the city council meeting and for that we apologize.

We are not apologizing for publishing the addresses. The families who dwell in those residences needed to know.

In the aftermath, the thing that bothers me is the fact that some people can hide behind a computer and sully the good name of people without any regard or recourse.

When we report an inaccuracy, we have to correct it or print a retraction. Unfortunately, that’s not true for folks on the internet.

But as you all know, the internet is free from that because everything on it is true and valid.

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