During my 30 years in water resources, I have not been surprised at the liberty with which some reporters lean toward manufactured facts. However, Monday's front-page article about the Bear River by Alan Edwards cannot be ignored. In the United States alone, many rivers that do not empty into an ocean are longer than 500 miles — the 2,400-mile Missouri, the 98-mile Ohio and the Snake, to name a few. Even the 1,500-mile Colorado River, technically, doesn't empty into an ocean.

It seems that the New York Times is not the only paper that "creates" facts to produce compelling articles. Please, stick to the facts in your articles and confine your opinions to the opinion page.

Wayne Cheney

American Fork