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So – I am still receiving the Nanaimo Daily News. Why? Because I am fair and I appreciate honesty and a real effort.

Here’s what happened: After sending my “I’m quitting” email to the editor, I got a nice response. Then I also got a response from the publisher, who asked me to stay with them for at least a month – for free. On Sept. 17, a big change is taking place.  She asked me to stay, kindly and passionately. I get it that she is really working hard to turn this around. And I appreciate and admire that. Not to mention that I really like her anyway. I have always thought that she is the best thing that ever happened to the paper.

My only concern now is that the changes are not just cosmetic. I don’t care so much about what the paper looks like. I care about content. And I think that is probably true of the great majority of newspaper readers. We want good reporting. We want the facts. We want the story., We want to hear all sides. We want truth. We want reporters to ask “Why?” We want those reporters to dig – to get the real answers.

We don’t want newspapers to be mere advertising tools or the flunkies of corporations.

I have agreed to stay with the paper for now. I have my hopes up and my fingers crossed that the changes will be good ones – not just for my sake, but also for the sakes of the terrific people that work there.

I’ll let you know how it goes.

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