Sunday, August 20th, 2017

Why the press is still relevant

You have no idea what goes on in this small office every week. This past week was quite a whiz-bang.
First, we broke the story on the Macedon Police Officer arrested. It was a tough story to do since I considered Ed O’Konsky a friend, but that is the nature of this business.

Our news partner, 13WHAM-TV came down once again and included me in the video portion of their report on the story. On average, the Times breaks a TV-news worthy story at least once a month. This week we had two breaking stories picked up by 13WHAM-TV reporter Sean Carroll.

Then, there are the radio station interviews – again, at least once a month. By the way, as I understand it, I will be on the WCMF-FM 96.5 morning show this coming Tuesday (11/5).

Enough about my great looks and voice on TV and radio. Yes, the camera adds at least 10 pounds.

Back to serious…
In this issue, we broke the story about the serious car crash (see front page) on Route 350 in the Town of Walworth. The story days later had us making frantic phone calls on Friday after we learned the driver at fault was not only suspected of being drunk, but was also pulled off a school bus hours earlier for being drunk.

The school district at first tried to cap the story as a personnel matter, but We said NO. Luckily, Wayne Central School Superintendent Rene Garrett called me and was very cooperative. I told her the story was hitting the newsstand on Saturday morning, regardless of anything.

I had the distinct feeling the police wanted the story held until they could do a interview with the woman suspect. Again, I said the story was hitting the newsstands the next morning and that we had enough to go with it.

Wayne County District Attorney Rick Healy also helped push the interview and arrest on Friday. That bolstered our story even more.

Newspapers are relevant and the Times keeps proving it.

Part II –
The story regarding the Board of Supervisors gathering steam to take back the sales tax dollars from the school districts was also supposed to be in this issue.

Some of the supervisors really did not want the story out until they were assured they had the solid votes to carry a resolution. It was ‘suggested’ I hold the story to prevent a school superintendent backlash. Unfortunately, due to breaking news, I had to hold the story until next week, but believe me, it will appear next week.

You may have noticed, unlike some of our Wayne County competition, that we neither allowed negative letters, nor ads concerning candidates in our paper. That is our policy. Wife Patti spent countless time on the phone explaining why a particular comment, or phrase could not be included in a letter, or ad. “The other paper did not have a problem with it,” was the comment heard. Well, we did, and as long as I am editor, local political mud slinging has no place in a legitimate local newspaper.

Kudos to Wife Patti. That woman works her tail off to get this paper to the printer on time.