There’s value in gathering and packaging all of this content for readers. We think our readers still want a single convenient place to find out about the world.
The Columbian’s world is centered in Clark County. Given a choice, we are always going to push the local news forward. You can get coverage about Brett Kavanaugh or Donald Trump from thousands of places, but we were the only one writing about John Bishop. (By the way, our religion page appears on Saturdays, and I don’t consider Trump to be the worst U.S. president … my vote goes to James Buchanan.)
Of course, that emphasis on local coverage also extends to our editorial page. We’re proud to be able to still offer a staff-written opinion every day of the year. Too many newspapers have silenced their editorial voices or limited them to a few days per week. Opinion Editor Greg Jayne tries to write about local issues as much as possible, with second priority to state and regional issues, and lower priority to national and international topics.
If you like local politics, stand by to hear a lot about them. We have just commenced our series of editorials endorsing the candidates and ballot measures that will appear before local voters. It doesn’t seem possible that we can be talking about November when we’re still wearing short pants, but in order to offer more than 30 opinions between now and mid-October, when voting begins, we needed to start our series last week.
Finally, if it is any solace to the letter’s author, next week includes the first Saturday of the month, so Lou Brancaccio’s column will be here instead of mine!