The citizens have spoken
Editor's Note: Last week we wrote about the mutual frustration between the Tidings and the West Linn Council majority and the challenge involved in covering their actions and words.
We wondered whether West Linn citizenry were feeling similar council-fatigue and craving more positive news from their community.
We never meant to imply a cessation of coverage of the West Linn City goverment, but some readers assumed such and we heard loud and clear from many of them who appreciate the paper taking the brunt of the abuse from some of the city councilors and going to ALL of the long, unproductive meetings so they don't have to.
Keep up the good work, we were told, and keep an eye on those councilors.
Keep doing what you're doing.
If Councilor Cummings is upset with you, you're doing something right. She has a long history of blaming everyone else for her missteps.
If memory serves me, she was censured by the City Council because of some of her antics a while ago. To this day, she still refuses to accept responsibility for her actions.
How she got reelected is beyond my understanding.
(Editor's note: The Tidings was able to verify a council-directed admonishment of Councilor Cummings in 2010.)
As a 32-plus-year resident of West Linn, I believe it is critical to have the press serve as a watchdog on our democracy.
The citizens of West Linn deserve to have the West Linn Tidings shine a light on the activities of our city government.
It is disturbing to me to watch our press become devalued by a few outspoken leaders.
I recently became aware of this same behavior in the small town of Enterprise, Oregon. This type of pushback is not just isolated to West Linn.
In response to this criticism, the Tidings is considering scaling back coverage of the city council meetings. It is my hope that the Tidings will continue their necessary function: to report the proceedings of all the city council meetings.
Please join me in supporting our local paper and ask the paper to continue coverage of our city government.
I thank the Tidings for continuing to endure the lengthy West Linn City Council meetings and cover details and decisions which few of us have time to witness firsthand.
The paper has an important role in helping to increase awareness of West Linn residents on topics and decisions that will affect the city physically and its citizens financially.
I hope this media coverage is not lost for us. For those members of council that are critical of your reporting, I say this: Providing context for a story is an essential part of reporting news and is exercised by every newspaper as part of this country's first amendment; do not confuse context with errors in reporting facts.
Those that are reading the paper have the ability to disagree or agree with content and context. Also as a result of the First Amendment.
The Tidings editorial 'Hitting the reset button" (11/14/19) was a timely reminder of the mess the "Council Majority" (Cummings, Sakelik and Relyea) have caused the community.
How would the citizens know about unnecessary and expensive proposals like the daylighting of Bernert Creek if the Tidings stopped covering the meetings?
It is time the folk of West Linn were woken up to what is occurring in their city. Your newspaper is the primary watchdog on local affairs and hopefully will continue to provide this invaluable service. It is important to give support to your newspaper.
I only wish more people would see its value and bolster circulation to ensure coverage continues.
Your reporter is doing a great job attending and reporting on these endless meetings.
Keep up the good work and know that many residents of this city appreciate what you are doing.
Please continue reporting the actions (or lack of) of the West Linn City Council. We rely on your coverage to help make sense of the five-plus hour meetings.
Now is not the time to retreat. Democracy dies in the darkness.
You count on us to stay informed and we depend on you to fund our efforts. Quality local journalism takes time and money. Please support us to protect the future of community journalism.