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EDITOR’S COLUMN: Keeping close watch on public officials is a core duty for the Enterprise

Les Zaitz, Enterprise editor and publisher

Watchdog work is one of our most important functions at the Enterprise.

By watchdog, we mean holding the powerful accountable to you, to the community.

We have done a fair amount of that lately, and you can thank the First Amendment for that.

The guarantee of a free press means no one in a government office can muzzle the Enterprise or any other news outlet. That freedom means we are free to question government conduct and report to you – restrained only by the need to be truthful.

We do so because our reporters are trained to seek the truth. They know how to use government records, applying public records laws. They know how to question those in authority, providing fair opportunity for those in power to respond . . .