Somehow, from the library discard pile in downtown Yellowknife, into my hands fell letters written by Thomas Jefferson. In one letter written from Paris on January 16, 1787 to a Colonel Edward Carrington, Jefferson wrote: “Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without a press or a press without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to choose the latter.”
What a guy! To think so cooly even after his many bitter complaints of the European press distorting the democratic achievements of the American republic. I wonder how many politicians these days would agree with him? Very few, I bet.
Bruce Valpy, Managing Editor at Northern News Service. Yellowknife, NWT.