Community needs its local coverage

  • Tue Oct 20th, 2009 9:28pm
  • News

As a state senator and former council member for the city of Lake Forest Park, I have a firm belief that “all politics is local.” Every decision made by elected officials in some way affects our community and everyone needs to know who, what, when and where.

For many years the Shoreline/Lake Forest Park Enterprise has been a reliable source of information for the residents. So I’m very disheartened to hear that the Enterprise will no longer publish a Shoreline/Lake Forest Park edition.

When economic hard times make us want to read some good news, it is often the local newspapers that cover uplifting stories and keep us informed about the many achievements of our neighbors. With the demise of the Shoreline/Lake Forest Park Enterprise, who will chronicle the accomplishments of our area’s young people in the classroom or on the athletic field? Who will tell about our neighbors’ many contributions to the community’s vibrancy? The diverse and interesting people of Shoreline and Lake Forest Park deserve media coverage, but I truly doubt the Seattle Times or any other major media will step in to provide this.

I understand the need to make difficult business decisions, but sometimes the heart and soul of a community are intangible factors that ought to carry more weight on an accounting spreadsheet.

Sen. Darlene Fairley (D)

32nd Legislative District

Lake Forest Park