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The H&R editorial staff does not reply to accusations from contributors. They hope another contributor will defend them. 

On H&R being far left ("Paper needs to do better than this," April 12). Seriously? A paper that endorses Bruce Rauner for governor is hardly far left. My guess is that such persons are so far right that even slightly right of center looks far left.

On Trump not receiving credit: Much of the statistical numbers for the economy come from the Associated Press and not from local reporters. The Associated Press does not give credit for good numbers, but they haven't done that for any President. Why should they start now?

On fake news: Trump's definition of fake news has two related parts: it is critical of him and is anonymously sourced. Sources can be wrong and leaks are often used to influence government policy. Nonetheless, there is no mass conspiracy to manufacture a coup against Trump. Much that has been reported comes from court filings. While those things may not be true, it is what the filing said.

On truth: Facts can be stubborn things. What facts together mean is up for debate. A single factoid placed without any context can easily be misleading. Walk humbly in your life realizing that not only are we subject to all sorts of critical thinking errors, but are also limited by our store of knowledge and experience.

Bryan Slot, Decatur

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