Herald readers demand local coverage, ample staffing

I am dismayed that the number of newsroom staff in The Daily Herald was cut by one-half. These drastic cuts will hurt readers and residents in Snohomish County, the third largest county in Washington state. I have subscribed to The Daily Herald for the past 40 years and am a former Herald editorial writer.

The Herald publisher and the new owner, Carpenter Media Group, owe readers a prompt and detailed published explanation about why they made these staff cuts and what their specific plans are for future local news coverage.

Does Carpenter Media group want The Herald to be a non-union newspaper? Most of the 12 newsroom employees who were laid off were union staff.

These staff cuts will obviously mean less news coverage for county readers. What are the publisher’s and new owner’s plans to keep citizens informed about local news?

Readers depend upon The Daily Herald for coverage of local politics, schools, business, social services, law enforcement, sports, environment, entertainment and outdoor excursions.

County residents need local reporting to make informed decisions at the ballot box.

I don’t want a local newspaper that is simply filled with news from other news organizations. We need local writers who can focus on local events and concerns.

Janice Crosetti

Bothell

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