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Editor:

This is in response to the writer who claimed "Americans are sick of media's liberal bias" in a recent Letter to the Editor. First of all, my name is not Reyes. Second, there is no newspaper called the Phoenix Republic and, finally, I was shocked to read that the Payson Roundup is a liberal rag. Quite the contrary, I would place the Payson Roundup as right of center.

What is the most striking aspect of the writer's complaints is that my observations in your "Letters to the Editor" section was "vindictive, hateful and serve absolutely no purpose except to show how biased the author is" and then she added that the fact that your paper would publish such a letter indicates that you support my view. Does she really think that this is the fact? I can swear to the writer that there is no conspiracy going on here. The publisher, the editor and other members of the Payson Roundup organization are strangers to me and have not conspired to publish my letters.

No, dear writer, my letters are not "vindictive and hateful," they are factual and state a point that requires discussion. This administration and this Republican-controlled Congress have done more damage to the United States of America, our Constitution and our observance of the laws. If you choose to live in the "Fox" world of "canned" statements and lies that is your choice. Have you ever asked yourself why this administration only talks to the people at "Fox" when they are about to be indicted? Well, as the younger generation says, "Duh."

I have taken time to respond to this letter primarily because of your last line: "Bias like this is anti-American." Madam, you do not know me. By submitting my Letter to the Editor to this small humble periodical, I have been exercising a right guaranteed to me under the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.

I was drafted in the United States Army in 1969 when there was still a draft. I have served as a law enforcement officer and an officer of the Court. I am a proud American and will not tolerate anyone, including you, to call me un-American. I am a first generation American, and I love the principles of our democracy. Perhaps you should spend a little time reading our Constitution and a little less time sitting around watching the "Fox" network.

Mark Ernest Reza, Payson

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