The Paper. believes in the importance of a strong, independent press.

As members of the press, we have an obligation to tell the story in a fair, balanced and accurate manner. To do this, all of our contributors are required to follow the Associated Press’ News Values and Ethics guidelines, as well as our internal style sheet and policies. Our newsroom also posts stories from the Associated Press wire. These stories are provided by the AP and are marked as such when used.

Where our staff, advertisers or just good friends are involved in a news story we cover, they are not allowed to participate in the story’s development.

When we offer commentary or opinion, we deliberately mark it as such to distinguish it from news.

But as hard as we try to avoid it, sometimes we will make mistakes. If you see information that you believe deserves clarification or correction, let us know by emailing