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Posted on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 3:36 pm

After last week’s front page story appeared informing readers that a march for justice and equality was planned in the town of Louisa, we heard a few comments from folks in the community asking why The CV “stooped’ to publish such an article.  After thinking about it for a while, we thought that it may be time to explain just what a community weekly is all about.

The CV is a mirror of the community it serves—the good, the bad and the in-between. We publish stories about local government decisions, arrests, trials, school and community happenings, business news and sports.

If an anti-abortion rights march had been planned, we would have let our readers know about it.  If employees were marching in a strike, we would have published that, too.

Whether or not we agree with a strike or a march or a political party isn’t at issue.  You need to know what is going on in our community.

We don’t make the news in this community, but it is our responsibility to cover what is happening in an unbiased way so that our readers can make their own informed decisions.

We do appreciate the comments that we get from the community—even if we don’t always like what we hear. We welcome feedback and are open to constructive criticism.

But when the question is raised as to why we print what we do, we believe that it is important to sometimes remind the public what our responsibilities as journalists are.

For more than one-hundred years, The CV has been proud to document the history of the community as it happens.  And we will continue to do so.

We don’t sugar-coat what goes on and will continue to write stories about issues and will explain the who, what, when, where, why and how.

We welcome letters to the editor from those who would like to share their own thoughts about something we’ve printed—regardless of whether we agree or disagree.

This newspaper will always strive to be there when the news happens in this community.  And if we can’t get there in time, we will follow up and print —in black and white—what we learn. That’s what we do.