Last Sunday's evocation of the Herald's shortcomings in offering local political coverage by Dr. Debra Sabia was extraordinarily apt and well-articulated. Your obliviousness, editorially, to the all but desperate need for illumination of the current crisis in municipal affairs appears inexplicable. To begin to address this lamentable vacuum, may I suggest a consideration of the following palliatives:
Institute a "city beat" or "metro affairs" column, perhaps semi-weekly, written by a professional journalist. We would look forward to it eagerly.
Lead a local effort, in conjunction with other local media and the appropriate public officials — (mayor, city council, prominent public administrators) to present regular (bimonthly?) municipal press conferences.
Render strong editorial opinions on municipal matters of concern with regularity; evaluating, recommending, advising, endorsing — occasionally condemning.
Regularly initiate efforts at investigative reporting on community problems.
I think you will find both the city and your circulation benefiting from the experience.
Bob Dick, Professor Emeritus
Georgia Southern University