Dear Editor:


In Henrik Ibsen’s famous play “The Enemy of the People,” the main character (a doctor) is given this label for confronting corrupt politicians. He has found that the town’s highly profitable spa is contaminated and toxic.

Publishing this finding threatens the financial wealth of the community and the politicians. Recently some people have taken to giving our free press the same label. If today’s newscasters and press are exposing political greed and corruption, they should welcome the comparison to Ibsen’s hero.  

But will we react like the townsfolk in Ibsen’s play who side with greed over justice and attack the so called “enemy of the people”? The play ends with the good doctor saying he will stand alone if need be and not give up. Let’s hope our honest press and newscasters say the same.


Dennis Pottratz

Decorah