Herald ignores silent majority
ONE OF us (Beth) was present at a well-attended meeting convened by the shire on June 12.
A number of prominent citizens deplored the prominence given in The Herald to the negative views of our shire held by a disaffected minority.
The dissemination of these views was seen to be bad for business.
Tourists can be put off by the perception of an unhappy and divided town.
By definition the opinions of the silent majority are not presented in The Herald.Read more
We contend that most residents of Toodyay respect the hard work and dedication of our volunteer councillors who have to battle with the complexities of local government.
It is conceded that mistakes are sometimes made, but they may be remedied at subsequent meetings.
What volunteer does not make mistakes?
As for our popular CEO, Stan Scott, he has been unfairly maligned by the vociferous few.
He is a prominent and ubiquitous member of our community in his own right.
He and his family have made their home here and put down roots.
Not all his recent predecessors have done so.
The editor of The Herald told the meeting that the circulation of the paper has greatly increased on his watch and suggested that such increase speaks for the paper’s excellence and popularity.
However, the paper is distributed free throughout the Avon Valley.
Has there been an increase in subscriptions?
Are there any subscriptions?
How many actually read it?
We believe there is a groundswell of opinion that the paper is not what it used to be.
For a start there is no longer the centrefold of Shire News.
Instead we have editorials and letters sniping at the CEO and the shire.
The use of bold and loaded headlines is not, we believe, suitable for a small-town newspaper but smacks of the more unsavoury national tabloids.
If citizens wish for sensation and scandal they can turn to those publications, not to The Toodyay Herald.
The world is full of negativity.
Let The Herald be an exception.
(Paid subscriptions have remained steady over the past six years; circulation has increased 60 per cent to 5000 copies a month at news stands – Ed.)
Bob and Beth Frayne