Satur­day power cut should have been cov­ered

Matamata Chronicle - - Opinion -

Imag­ine my dis­may and dis­ap­point­ment when I opened last week’s Chron­i­cle. Af­ter the week­end’s power go­ing off for 50 min­utes on Satur­day night, not a dicky bird was men­tioned as far as I could as­cer­tain. I guar­an­tee most peo­ple would have been highly in­ter­ested in know­ing what the causes and reper­cus­sions were, es­pe­cially per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences. As a theatre goer, I know for a fact a play was in progress and the au­di­ence had to go home, oth­ers had com­put­ers dam­aged. Once upon a time back in the 1970s, when some­thing hap­pened in town, the two or three re­porters were ei­ther there or spoke to those who were and a story fol­lowed. Peo­ple who read the County Mail and the Chron­i­cle were in­formed and they avidly read them both.

So of­ten im­por­tant things oc­cur in town and noth­ing is re­ported about them in your pa­per.

Do your re­porters know what’s go­ing on apart from school sports and con­certs and fetes?

We the pub­lic want to know what’s go­ing on and we’re not be­ing as well served as we were years ago when en­thu­si­as­tic re­porters ac­tu­ally lived in town, knew what was go­ing on and knew the peo­ple in­volved. It seems as if the pa­per con­tent is de­cided the week be­fore with a va­ri­ety of in­nocu­ous mag­a­zines ar­ti­cles and no mat­ter what hap­pens af­ter that is set up, it isn’t re­ported on. The Mata­mata Chron­i­cle is a pa­per for the town of Mata­mata and its res­i­dents and it’s the jour­nal­ists’ task/chal­lenge to find out the news and re­port it and not com­fort­ably set­tle for the old hat rea­son­able bor­ing medi­ocre in­nocu­ous con­tent it has long re­lied upon. The Chron­i­cle needs to get out more and talk to the real peo­ple in the com­mu­nity and find out what’s re­ally go­ing on and to re­port it, other­wise it’s just an­other im­po­tent piece of pa­per to pro­vide for the monthly re­cy­cling pickup. I can’t re­mem­ber the last time I ac­tu­ally cut an ar­ti­cle out to keep and over the years I of­ten did. Wake up and lis­ten to we the peo­ple. Yours con­cerned and a Mata­mata lover car­bon-con­tain­ing gases em­a­nat­ing from cows, or any other an­i­mal, man in­cluded, comes from the food they eat.

This car­bon, in all veg­etable mat­ter comes in turn, from the air by way of that very im­por­tant process of pho­to­syn­the­sis, or, if you like ‘‘mak­ing all foods with car­bon diox­ide, wa­ter, and sun­light’’.

No an­i­mal adds a sin­gle atom of car­bon to the to­tal­ity of car­bon in this air/food/ an­i­mal cy­cle.

I suspect that both these gentle­men do know this but for rea­sons known only to them­selves, choose to lie about it. Why do they tell us un­truths? In do­mes­tic trou­bles we say ‘‘cherchez la femme’’. With car­bon-bash­ing liars should we say ‘‘look for the money-bags’’.

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