On Sept. 5, The Columbian published an article on a topic of great interest to many of us (“Clark Asks: Where are the affordable housing projects for Clark County?”). The reporter, Alexis Weisend, concisely outlined reasons that are in retrospect obvious, but which had never occurred to me. Example: The affordable housing projects that receive public subsidy must monitor tenant compliance with any income limitations, an added expense. Weisend managed to tell the whole story clearly in about 1,000 words. Well done. That article was a public service.
The article exemplified one of The Columbian’s best traits — an eagerness to engage constructively with questions of importance to local readers. I have a feeling when reading such articles that The Columbian is not peering down at us, but is just as interested as we are, and for the same reasons. I have lived in many places, including Boston and New York, and have never had such an excellent local newspaper.