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Letter to the editor: Tell the whole story or keep opinions on the editorial page

What has happened to all the real news reporters we used to have?

Lately much of what I read should either be on the editorial page or sent back to the writer for completion.

I can give endless examples, but I will point out a few of late:

1.  Headline: “Oil Trains raise concerns in small towns, cities” — It seems like a fairly thorough story until you stop and think about it.

Wouldn’t you think they might mention that pipelines are by far the safer way to transport oil? They do not pass through towns and cities as railroads do.

Are they afraid that people might connect the dots and realize that one of the biggest pipeline projects that has been proposed is still being prevented or delayed by our president?

2.  Headline: “Social Security passes test of time” — This one was on the editorial page but it was written by the Grand Forks Herald, which should be more responsible than to present only one side of a story.

Bias is fine but I would think it might be helpful to point out that the program, according to its actuaries, will not have enough money to pay full benefits in less than 20 years? 

My life experience with Social Security has not been the rosy picture that they paint. 

My dad was a “notch baby” who, because of the year he was born, qualified for a big reduction in monthly benefits, even though he was a proud veteran of WWII.

My late wife was paralyzed by a stroke, but she had to hire an advocate to finally get Social Security disability that she obviously qualified for, as she had lost the complete use of her right arm and most of her right leg.

3.  This wasn’t a headline, but should have been.

Did you know that for the second year in a row North Dakota has been selected as the best run state in the country? Maybe it isn’t popular anymore to be proud of your state and country?

The story was relegated to a very short article on the finance page a week or so ago.

They didn’t even point out all the factors that went into the selection.

You may still find it on Yahoo if you type in “best run states.”

Could someone please explain how this is not a big story? 

Maybe it again has something to do with who is running the state and the fact that every state and city that is in huge financial trouble is and has been run by Democrats for years.

Maybe we need the “rest of the story” as Paul Harvey used to say?