I personally like to read the hard copy of the paper ... curl up with a cup of tea to read or carry it with me when I'm going somewhere. When we moved here eleven years ago one of the first things we did was subscribe to the local newspaper because I'm such a news junkie. I also subscribed to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, my hometown newspaper.
Many conservatives have become disgusted with the MisLeader over the years and cancelled their subscriptions ... but I hung in there.
Wednesday's editorial went over the top. They attacked volunteers from the community, people who had exercised their freedom to back the candidate of their choice. They attacked my neighbors and friends because when they target local GOP leadership they are also targeting those who back us. We have heard from many of them since that editorial was printed. You truly find out who your friends are when the chips are down.
I called Roger Watson, Publisher of the MisLeader, this afternoon and cancelled my subscription. If I hadn't done it my husband surely would have done so. He and his truck driver buddies have all been talking about it. Yes, there are union truck drivers out there who are Republicans; in fact, most in this area are, and they discuss politics.
What hit a nerve the most to everyone I've talked with was the "snakes" comment in the last paragraph. People who know us in the community know we're not the extreme right-wing nuts the paper has tried to make us out to be so they now believe the paper to be even more untruthful than before.
The News Leader wrote:
Betrayal is a serious matter and insubordination must be dealt with swiftly. It's time to clear the underbrush of the snakes.Betrayal? Insubordination? Excuse me. Emmett Hanger is a public servant. He is an elected who represents me. I don't work for him. So according to the MisLeader we shouldn't challenge our elected officials in this country? Isn't that a bit like communism?
Boycott the newspaper? That's a personal decision. I will now be subscribing to the Waynesboro News-Virginian for local news. I like Bob Stuart's writing and he seems to be fair even though I don't always agree with him.
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As for me ... I will miss the newsie part of the News Leader ... but I won't miss the editorial page. Enough is enough.
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