To the editor: On Tuesday, Aug. 28, The News-Item reported on the front page, “Kurtz’s lawyer splits; defendant failed to make payment.”

Our son is going to trial, and that is what the court status hearing was about. That does not give you the right to print such false information.

After the attorney called and informed you of the false statement, you did put a correction in Wednesday’s paper (Page 2, left corner), with no big, bold letters used there. It also states that The News-Item strives for accuracy. If another newspaper can get the facts right, why can’t you?

In the same Aug. 28 article, the reporter stated our son appeared in court in a suit coat and tie but offered no comment. Another false statement. He wasn’t at the hearing that day.

Yeah, The News-Item strives for accuracy.

All we ask is that you print accurate information.

John A. and Faye Kurtz

(Editor’s note: We originally reported the defendant had failed to make payment, and we corrected it to say he had paid his attorney, but was no longer able to afford his services. We were unaware that our statement about the defendant being present that day was inaccurate until submission of this letter. We confirmed that he was not present, and we apologize for the error.)

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