I am a long-time subscriber to The New York Times. I am because I believe in keeping abreast of what’s happening in our world and I believe that there is no news source more thorough, more professional, and more fair and balanced than a newspaper which has served as the paper of record for this country for much of its existence.
As important as The New York Times is in my life, WEHOville.com has become a staple of my participation in the democracy known as the City of West Hollywood. WEHOville.com is there to report on crime statistics and patterns, traffic, development, and most important local politics. I frequently comment on important issues discussed in wehoville.com and am eager to read the thoughts and comments of many other interested and engaged WeHo citizens. While I might not agree with all of them, and I frequently deride the ability of and tolerance for anonymity in those posts, I value the perspective that many voices bring to public discourse.
Without WEHOville, our city council and some of its more intrepid members would be unhindered in their pursuit of policies that aren’t always in the best interest of residents. They would be unaccountable for misdeeds costing hundreds of thousands of dollars. They would retain banking relationships without the pressure brought to bear by disclosures in a free and thriving press.
President Trump all-too-frequently lambasts professional journalism as fake news, and worse. I’m sure most on the council privately wish that WEHOville.com didn’t exist and that there were no checks on their often-times silly behavior. We can’t let that happen.
We’d be poorer as a community if we lacked the forum for debate and discussion provided by a local news organization whose commitment is to transparency, accountability, and unfettered access to truth and raw information.
Today, I become a full subscriber to WEHOville.com in order to protect the treasure of any community—a local press committed to truth. I hope you’ll join me and become more involved in local issues.