ACHTUNG: The following is not a “fair and balanced” article. It is an editorial by the editor.
’Tis the Silly Season, and newspapers traditionally have made endorsements of political candidates and issues just before elections. Townbroadcast will continue this tradition for several reasons.
Some may ask what right does David T. Young have in blessing or cursing anyone running for office; what makes him any more qualified to comment than any other Joe or Jane Q. Citizen? Who authorized this sacred power?
No right and no one.
I am perhaps the only human being in northeastern Allegan County who has attended all or most meetings in which local political figures have spoken and voted. I certainly have my own agenda and I make no claims of being objective. Nobody is objective. Those who tell you so are lying.
I have routinely written editorials that are clearly labeled so, as opposed to articles. I live by the creed that, “I write about what I see and hear. And sometimes I comment on it.”
I hereby propose to those who don’t like what I write to send a letter to the editor to email@example.com and I’ll do my best to make sure you are heard or read as well.
Over the past several weeks, I have heard and seen comments from citizens who haven’t made up their minds yet about who to vote for or against. They need or want more information. My endorsements and criticisms are simply meant to provide food for thought for those who care enough to gather whatever information they can.
It should be no secret that we live in a news desert, particularly after the Penasee Globe, nee Wayland Globe, went belly up three years ago after 135 years of publication. Community journalism is dead in some areas and on life support in others.
“But nobody seems to notice, nobody seems to care.” — The late great comedian George Carlin
Some believe we should have been treated to candidate forums or issues forums. I disagree.
In my 50 years as a community journalist, I have come to the unpleasant conclusion that such forums are nothing more than dog and pony shows that may entertain us, but don’t inform us. Conspicuous in its absence is frank discussion of the issues, overtaken by a beauty contest.
The news business, particularly in the broadcast arena, has become more entertainment than serious journalism. We are told what network executives think we want to hear, not what we need to hear.
With that in mind, I make no apologies in case I offend someone. I plan to call ‘em as I see ‘em. “Deputy Dave has no friends.” I just hope that readers and editorial subjects don’t take what I write personally.
I may be asking for too much.