From the Publisher’s Desk: Now more than ever, local news matters

Covering the Edmonds Embraces Diversity walk in September 2014. (Photo by Larry Vogel)
Covering the Edmonds Embraces Diversity walk in September 2014. (Photo by Larry Vogel)

It’s an understatement to say that many of us were stunned by the results of Tuesday’s Presidential election. Much has been written by people of all political persuasions regarding how the media didn’t do its job in capturing the mood of the public who decided — via our electoral college system — the race. How we were insulated, isolated and not in touch with how people were thinking and feeling about their lives, their country and their future.

My takeaway from all this: Local news matters more than ever. Here’s why.

As a community journalist, my job is to cover the day-to-day decisions that immediately affect people’s lives — from utility rate increases to building height discussions to how we protect our environment and keep people safe. Does this mean we shouldn’t pay attention to — and get involved in — issues at the national level? Of course not. But those wheels turn slowly and are so fraught with politics, big money and media spin on every side, it’s hard for any of us to feel like we can make an impact.

I care deeply about our community and ensuring that everyone feels included and respected. So in light of Tuesday’s outcome, I am doubling down on my commitment to our readers in Edmonds, Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace. I can’t fix our nation’s or the world’s problems. I can’t heal all the wounds of those who have spent the last two years being downright mean and childish.

But I can continue to provide a place where our community gathers both virtually and in real-time to support each other, and that works to find solutions to the local issues that affect not only us but future generations. I can continue to promote the good works of others and the random acts of kindness that demonstrate we are beyond the ugly, divisive bickering and name-calling.

We are Americans, yes. But more than that, we are human beings with the capacity for tremendous compassion and caring — if we just give ourselves a chance to express it.
We are nearing the holidays and there are so many wonderful ways to rise above the ongoing national swirl. I ask you to join me in supporting worthy causes that we have been reporting about in recent weeks — from helping Holly House provide teen gifts for alternative high school students in need, to donating feminine hygiene products to girls whose families can’t afford them, to Turkey Trot walks and runs benefiting the Edmonds and Lynnwood food banks, to outfitting kids with school clothes through Clothes for Kids, to helping homeless children through the Nourishing Network and Washington Kids in Transition.

These are just a few of the many causes that are worthy of your support and attention, and we will continue to draw your attention to them by marking them with our community logo throughout the holidays.

And as always, I am asking for your support by signing up today for a voluntary subscription of any amount. For anyone who signs up for an annual subscription of $120 or more (that’s just $10 a month) between now and Dec. 31, 2016, we will donate 10 percent to our local food banks in Edmonds, Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace.

Thanks in advance for making a difference in the lives of those who need us, now more than ever.

— Teresa Wippel, Publisher.

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