Reader Letters: thoughts on trains and Pioneer's blank front page
Let's let the trains do their thing
To the editor:
There is nothing better than hearing a train coming from way down the track.
We need more places to sit and watch the arms come down, hear the crossing ding and anticipate the loud horn when the train approaches and moves on to the next intersection.
Hearing the train during the night is kind of special, too. This is part of small town Canby life and perhaps we shouldn't find ways to change this. That horn is for safety and I, for one, hope the railroad officials agree.
Thoughts on community journalism values
To the editor:
Regarding your most recent edition of the Pioneer newspaper and your rhetorical question "What if there were no community newspapers?" I offer the following:
If your newspaper considered itself a member of the "Fourth Estate", you would not have trouble selling newspapers. Instead, your publisher considered the complaints of a bunch of unpaid politicians of more value than the need for this community to have an unfettered discussion of the actions of the City Council and fired the previous editor, who obviously understood and was willing to publish the thoughts of the electorate. As I am sure you are aware, the Fourth Estate is supposed to act as a check on the actions of politicians by publishing them for the electorate to consider.
Your current editor's own first editorial outlined his plan to publish good news of the community, which does not promote discussion of the pertinent points of the situation in which this community now finds itself. Subjects such as fresh water, sewer system shortcomings, zoning irregularities, failing highways because of a lack of foresight, illegal liens against property owners and a failure to properly plan for and execute a growth plan that reflects the community issues are apparently off-limits under your editor's guidelines.
If thirty (I counted them!) pages of advertisements will not support Pamplin Media's publishing of the Molalla Pioneer, then perhaps it does need to disappear. Why not? You have already gutted your ability to represent the community by closing the local office.
(Editor's Note: Virtually nothing in this letter is accurate as it demonstrates a fundamental ignorance of how and why the newspaper is at the point it's at, or how it and the people involved operates. It is, as noted in my column this week, a bias-infused reimagining of reality as it pertains to the Molalla Pioneer. In short, it proves my points.)
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