MINOT, N.D. — “You’ve lost it.”

That was the stark, one-line email I received this week from a reader upset about something I wrote.

What, I’m not sure. He didn’t include that in the email, and I decided, amid responding to the dozens of daily emails I get from readers, that I didn’t care enough to inquire.

I’m used to the negativity. My job, as I see it, is to report the inconvenient facts, and make the unpopular argument when it’s the right one.

If that earns the ire of some, so be it.

I don’t know any other way to do this job.

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