Instead of criticizing the newspaper and urging it to un-publish the map, she sent a letter to Journal News publisher Janet Hasson and editor CynDee Royle suggesting that the paper use its influence in a more productive way by supporting the Lower Hudson Council of School Superintendent’s proposals to increase gun control as well as funding for mental health resources. Cornell says Hasson was receptive to her ideas.

“The key question is, what is good for society overall?” Paulson asks. “I personally believe that we should know as much about what our government does as possible.”

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