Being a champion of local news, advocated by the Herald, is a two-way street. What you think we want to hear about is boosterism for progressive causes. And indeed many noisy readers of the Herald do. Some would cancel their subscriptions if the Herald did otherwise.
Others – perhaps more than half – would rather have their news independent, enlightened as to alternatives and consequences, and thus informative rather than polemical.
That is a giant hole in local journalism. The Herald has the logistical capacity to fill it. But it has not chosen to do so, so far.
Perhaps the threat of obsolescence of local journalism could be reversed if the Herald was comfortable offending its progressive readers, as often as it does its untapped conservative market. Or the obsolescence is deserved.
Robert C. Evans