To the Editor:
As candidate and president, Donald Trump has waged an increasingly shrill campaign to brand the American free press as purveyors of “fake news” and “enemies of the people.” We see his conduct as the classic gestures of a political misleader building a reactionary base.
Thus we [were] heartened by the initiative of The Boston Globe to ask newspapers around the country to publish editorials about the dangers of the administration’s assault on the press. More than 350 news publications nationwide have joined The Globe – from The New York Times to rural newsweeklies. This groundswell is a powerful non-partisan affirmation of American democracy and the law and cultural traditions that sustain a free press.
We wish that our beloved Mount Desert Islander had joined the growing list of publications that are standing up to Trump’s misleadership. Our Islander has led in many ways. We believe the Islander should step up in its editorial voice to join The Globe initiative to defend the free press in America. We hope it will.
Emily Beck and Geoff Young
Lynn Boulger and Tim Garrity
Peggy Beaulac and Carl Little
Linda and Jeff Dunn
Susan and Dave Edson
Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko and Larry Legutko
Gail and Rick Leiser
Sandy Wilcox and Jack Russell
Elsie Flemings and Richard Cleary