Is the Daily Sun stirring up the pot to try & sell papers?
“Once again, the men on the Flagstaff City Council are balancing the budget on the backs of abused women and children.” This from a recent letter to the editor.
A little perspective.
Not that long ago I led the charge (& Mayor Nabours supported) to fund Flagstaff’s homeless shelter with emergency funds. My request for $5,000 to support the shelter that houses both men and women was rejected by Council. The Daily Sun ran an editorial “Shelter deserves support, but let’s go through channels”. In this case, proper “channels” was apparently the United Way (UW). As if the UW was the only “channel” to go through. Perhaps this channel and the 15% fee they would have received was needed to properly fund UW’s local $97,000 a year CEO and their annual dues of nearly $20,000 to the national UW to support UW’s National CEO’s salary of about $1,000,000.
A week after that rejection, I went through my own channels and helped raise about $15,000 from the private sector without the help of the United Way. Proof that the private sector steps up when needed.
Now some are stirring the pot and the Daily Sun is accommodating this by trying to frame “the men on Council” as heartless and cold.
Shame on you Daily Sun.
The Daily Sun also ran an editorial “Cutting social services for roads unwise”. They forgot to mention that I asked to find ways to increase funding to the Humane Society in order to facilitate their need for an additional $80,000. I’d rather prevent puppies and kittens from being euthanized than fund SEDI’s micro loans to business start ups.
So while the paper and some groups are trying to paint the “men on Council” as something they are not, dig into the facts a little deeper and look past what appears to be a politically motivated agenda and a pathetic attempt to boost a business model that is clearly failing.
The Daily Sun as Flagstaff’s only daily newspaper owes it to the public to be more balanced. It may even help them sell a few more papers too. Until they change their ways though I’ll rely on the variety of other local news resources such as talk radio, blogs, and other media outlets that seem to be more fairly representing the facts in a balanced way.