Thanks for your election timely editorial commentary on the importance of local newspapers objectiveness [Your decision â€“ just make it, Nov. 10 Our View, Langley Advance].
Local newspapers still do have a lot of influence in elections because all election voting is done locally, also seniors are a large voting block and many do not use social media.
Itâ€™s not that difficult to see which papers show their political bias, as a lot of people get their antennas fine tuned as to who is perceived to be touting certain candidates, etc.
As a reader, I do wonder whatâ€™s in it for the newspaper to back certain candidates and attempt to sway voters. One might think the huge variety (55 in Langley) of different candidate-paid advertisements would explain their own platforms sufficiently.
However itâ€™s necessary to report on the controversial issues like the hypocrisy and hidden slates agendas that could change the balance of power, etc.
Itâ€™s true, you do post a wide diversity of viewpoints, as many letters that I sent (against the grain), which I thought you could easily dismiss, were published.
Journalistic credibility does not go unnoticed, and attaching your names to your opinion articles is appreciated, as some others donâ€™t do this, then we donâ€™t know whoâ€™s opinion it is.
Roland Seguin, Fernridge