Two issues back, we invited readers to toss in their "two cents" about HCN’s coverage of the Bush administration’s environmental policies. We got about a million bucks in reply.
Readers from all over the West
wrote in to tell it like it is. One writer announced that he would
not renew his subscription because of what he sees as our
"strident, anti-Republican tone." Another reader, hearing that
someone had cancelled a subscription, sent us a check for $32 to
make up for the loss.
Amid the hollering — and the
humor — you’ve made many valuable, insightful points.
The letters are so good, in fact, that we’ve devoted three
pages to them. While the writers have a hundred different
viewpoints, a few common messages come through clearly: You care as
much about local, cooperative solutions as you do about
what’s happening on the national level. While you don’t
want us to shy away from controversial subjects, you want these
subjects covered in an even-handed and thoughtful way. You count on
HCN to provide all the information you need to make up your own
mind about issues.
We hear you.
Country News walks a fine line. We are journalists, first
and foremost, but we also have an agenda. It’s spelled out in
our mission statement: We want to "inform and inspire people to act
on behalf of the West’s land, air, water and inhabitants (and
to) work to create what Wallace Stegner called ‘a society to
match the scenery.’ "
With that in mind, we will
continue to tackle the difficult — and often divisive —
issues surrounding the policies coming down from Washington, D.C.
These are stories that need to be told, and they are based on
facts. At the same time, we’ll redouble our efforts to find
new angles and perspectives on those stories. We’ll try to
keep a close eye on the strong, and often inspiring, work
that’s being done on the ground in the West. And we’ll
keep Westerners and others who care about the region in the
discussion — people who come from all political stripes and
Utah writer and photographer Steve Trimble
has called HCN "the market square, the coffeehouse, the
neighborhood bar, the student union, the primary forum for
intelligent discussion of crucial issues" in the West. That’s
how we view ourselves, too, which is why we’re so honored to
air your views. High Country News wouldn’t
exist without you, after all. It certainly wouldn’t be as
rich without your wise, witty and sometimes biting comments.
The letters start on page 19. Thanks again for your two