You know, MM1, you are correct. If the paper doesn't like you, oh well, too bad, they will destroy you or destroy your reputation. I really wish life was fair, that the court system in Monrioe and other small towns were honest and dealt fairly with the people here, but until we get a maverick that comes in town and cleans up this whole town, it just isn't going to happen.
My advice is if you unfortunately get in some sort of trouble, don't get a local lawyer, but seek counsel somewhere else. The lawyers and the court house are real cosy with each other, you pat my back and I'll pat yours. Especially the prosecuting attorneys so beware, and God, I hope you never need to find out what goes on in this town.