In The Herald’s Nov. 21 editorial regarding district voting for the Everett City Council, the editorial referred to Everett City Councilmember Paul Roberts’ proposal to create a citizen districting committee. According to The Herald, Roberts suggested several things need to be done: Appoint a nine-member committee by the Mayor and City Council; appoint a districting manager by the committee to work on a districting plan to be completed by May 2018. Roberts is now saying that City Council members should develop their own districting proposal, without creating a citizen committee.
In my opinion, the editor was biased in his approval of Roberts’ proposal, which has not been approved by the Everett City Council. Unfortunately, the editor’s bias could influence the council members’ vote on the districting proposal. Should I look to The Herald’s opinion page as the only source of factual comments for my current and future choices in the political arena?
Roberts has not submitted any final proposal on districting to the City Council for its vote. This Herald editorial should not have been written until the Everett City Council approves or rejects Roberts’ proposal. If The Herald’s editorial board knows so much about districting, thinking the Everett City Council consisting of four districts with three at large members would serve Everett better, then why haven’t they spent the time, money and effort to create an Everett Districting proposal to bring it to a vote by Everett citizens.
However, I have seen a spark of hope lately with Jerry Cornfield’s Nov. 23 article explaining the mayor’s race and a full-page ad from the Herald’s publisher and editor about the paper’s mission from its founding in 1901: “Journalism Matters.” You might think I am going to cancel my subscription to the Herald, but no, I will continue to receive and read my Daily Herald. And when something upsets me, I will send another letter to the editor to make my voice heard.