To the Editor,

I learned recently that long time Georgetown News-Graphic reporter, Dan Adkins, retired.

 I would like to thank Mr. Adkins for his years of service to our community by reporting on just about every kind of news that can happen in a small town. 

In my opinion, he is one of the best reporters this paper has ever had, and his loss will be felt.

I now fall into the senior citizen category, and grew up in one of our country’s most troubled times. I lived through the Vietnam War, the Pentagon papers and Watergate. But never have I seen our government leaders voice so much disrespect for journalism. 

Leaders in the past have been scared of the press and have tried to silence the press. But I cannot ever recall our elected officials voicing so much contempt for the essential work of journalists and reporters. If we do not have a strong, free press, we do not have democracy.

Our local newspaper may be small, but it is the only one that holds our local government as well as our state representatives accountable for what they do in our name and with our money. 

Thank you, Dan Adkins, for every day that you spent doing this important work, and may you have the wonderful retirement you deserve. 

And thank you, News-Graphic, for continuing to serve this community by helping to keep our local democracy alive and healthy.

Mary Lou White

Georgetown

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