Being insightful not meant to incite


January 27, 2022

Word choice matters. Thinking through how others will read and perceive words is important, especially when sharing opinions.

The Sentinel editorial last week is a case in point.

My purpose in the editorial was that the borough assembly could have interviewed candidates for the manager’s job in public. I think they should have, but that’s just my opinion and my view of the law from the perspective of a journalist who has written about public policy and government in Alaska since 1976.

I wanted readers to know that the courts have held that such interviews can be held in public, but have...

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