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Megan Hempel, Daily Sun Assistant Editor

“The basis of our governments being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right; and were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter. But I should mean that every man should receive those papers and be capable of reading them.” – Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States

America's founding fathers shaped this country around the ideals of a true democracy, open to the opinions of its citizens for the preservation of their most basic human rights.

“Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” dictated the path our forefathers laid out for us and newspapers and other free press became a political force, spreading the message of a unified United States of America.

The week of Oct. 6 through 12 is designated as National Newspaper Week in the United States. For 79 years, National Newspaper Week has recognized the service of newspapers and their employees.

The Corsicana Daily Sun will celebrate its 125th anniversary on March 2, 2020, marking over a century of dedication to community journalism and the enforcement and preservation of Americans' first amendment rights.

Like many politicians today, Thomas Jefferson seems to have had a love/hate relationship with newspapers. More specifically, he spoke out against what we refer to today as “fake news.”

Jefferson was unwavering in his belief in the public's right to be informed and to write and speak freely, however, he cautioned that false or unethical reporting and readers' misunderstanding could be “the most effectual engines for [pacifying a nation].”

Much has changed since the time Americans rallied to gain their independence and the first full week of October was set aside in recognition of the newspapermen and women who dedicate themselves to keeping their communities informed and involved.

What hasn't changed is our commitment to providing factual and timely news, keeping readers informed and continuing on the path our founding fathers set out for us.

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