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Irresponsible editorial

I was disappointed in the poor journalistic coverage of your front-page articles on development fees (Jan. 25). While gauging the proposed fee increases and the impact on the payers, it utterly neglected to examine what the fees were meant to cover, and so completely failed to consider their proportionality or appropriateness &#151 the whole point of the municipal exercise.

On Jan. 26, poor journalism morphed into what appears to be either an ill-considered or a commercially biased editorial bewailing the extent of the proposed fee increases. While quick to list what the building fees were to be and their percentage increase, it spilled no ink in consideration of their purpose. While calling for a “more balanced development impact fee schedule,” The Union contributed not one whit to providing balanced coverage or analysis of the issue. To the contrary, by publishing overtly unbalanced reporting and a one-sided editorial it undermined balanced community consideration of the issue.

A responsible newspaper would provide analysis and opinion that examined the cost and benefit, the need and the sources of funding available, not just the decry the cost and complain about paying for it. That’s for sensationalist rags. The Union has choices – choose responsibly.



Howie Muir

Western Nevada County


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