■ Melissa Diaz Hernandez / Reporter Editor’s Note: This opinion, authored by Melissa Diaz Hernandez, is the unanimous opinion of The Valley Chronicle staff. It is the job of the journalist to speak truth to power. Journalism is imperative to the survival of our democracy. It is not the job of the journalist to be a public relations representative but to question the role of power and hold it accountable. It is the people’s right to know when their government, local-to-federal, abuses power. Yet, those in power think they have the right to dictate what journalists question and publish. This isn’t just happening at the national level. It’s happening right here
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