Letters: Objectivity still provides positive influence

Dear Editor,

Thanks for your election timely editorial commentary on the importance of local newspapers objectiveness [Your decision – 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.

It’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 what’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 it’s necessary to report on the controversial issues like the hypocrisy and hidden slates agendas that could change the balance of power, etc.

It’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 don’t do this, then we don’t know who’s opinion it is.  

Roland Seguin, Fernridge

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