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This week's editorial

Editor Joan Ritchie's editorial from this week's issue of The Moose Jaw Express
Editorial by editor Joan Ritchie

Unlike the National Enquirer, nothing in our paper is fabricated but relevant articles of interest to the community.  We’ve mentioned this before but newspapers are held to a higher standard than those that run off at the mouth in other forums. 

Unfortunately, there are some who don’t appreciate their name publicized when they have violated the law or even moral ethics but the community has a right to know what is going on.

Then there are others who say very little about the stories/topics published online or in the Express but make comments indicating their visible disdain for our publications.  

In fact, as a community newspaper, it is our obligation to all citizens of Moose Jaw to allow them to speak their minds; people come to us with their issues and drop them on our desks; they are not solicited.  The biggest problem it seems is that issues usually have been directed at an entity that are disregarded, so citizens feel they have no recourse but to go public in their frustrations.   

Sorry folks, we only publish the news; we don’t make up the topics of interest…that’s done by the many in ‘Peyton Place’ …I mean Moose Jaw who provide the material of interest that the community has a right to hear about.  And for those that don’t know, the connotation of the term ‘Peyton Place’ refers to “— an allusion to any small town or group that holds scandalous secrets.” 

If you think that underhanded collusion or control in government, whether local, provincial or otherwise is acceptable behaviour then shame on you! 

It is a truth that everyone makes mistakes but when they are premeditated and planned out and admitted behaviour, that is when the line should be drawn. As well, the truth be told, this kind of behaviour is a disdain to some professions’ of faith in God, but there is a solution and those that profess their faith should know.   

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” ― Edmund Burke

And this is a lead-in to make sure and vote in this upcoming election; provincial and local. For those that do not take the time or initiative to vote their conscience, then they do not have the right to speak up against the issues that are presented. It is our democratic right to make our vote count no matter the outcome.  

In a democratic society, it is good debate to present both sides of a topic of interest. That’s what it’s all about, discussing a matter and then coming to a viable conclusion. For sure there will be times that decisions have to be made that may not be satisfactory to all, but really, it’s all about having an opportunity to speak one’s views, whatever side of the fence a person see’s life from.  

That for me is what I see has been truly missing from our civic politics; there has been very little debate or conversation about any item of community interest, and all opposing views seem to be deemed as “noise and negativity.” That may show you how you as taxpaying citizens are appreciated; it’s good enough that you pay the bills but don’t dare speak your mind!   

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the position of this publication.  

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