As regular readers of The Standard will recall, we recently celebrated our 10th anniversary.
In all that time, for reasons that were not clear to our current Editor, we have carefully avoided any mention of some of our competitors, namely those owned by media conglomerate Metroland Media.
That all changes this week, after the Port Perry Star and Uxbridge Times-Journal offered endorsements for incumbent Uxbridge Mayor Gerri Lynn O’Connor and her Scugog counterpart, Chuck Mercier in their Editorials last week.
If you came here looking for the same, you will be sadly disappointed. Because we at The Standard have always avoided that Costco-sized can of worms and will continue to do so.
Some newspapers make a point of endorsing candidates, and it’s a long-standing practice in this industry that has had great influence on a number of elections. It’s just not one that makes any sense when you are operating a community newspaper. We’re not the Toronto Star, we’re not the Globe and Mail, and we don’t want to be.
Our mission here is to do our best to bring you news that matters locally, not half-hearted attempts to tell you who you should vote for. We trust that our readers are informed and intelligent enough to make that choice on their own. Not to bow to the whims of an Editor based out of Oshawa, in a newspaper that has had next to no election coverage in the first place, so you have to wonder just where they’re getting their election news from. Odds are they aren’t digging through 30 flyers to get to it.
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