Our thoughts: A news­pa­per’s role

The Covington News - - OPINION -

There is a say­ing – “Jour­nal­ism doesn’t tell you what to think, it tells you what to think about.” In to­day’s day and age of “fake news,” that say­ing it more im­por­tant than ever.

Many peo­ple have asked The Cov­ing­ton News to come out and take a stand on SPLOST, ei­ther for or against.

Even in our ed­i­to­rial space, we be­lieve that is not our role.

Our role is to in­form our read­ers so that they can make their own de­ci­sions.

For some, that is frus­trat­ing be­cause they think we should have a stance.

For oth­ers, that is frus­trat­ing be­cause mak­ing your own de­ci­sion is hard. Very hard.

So no, we, as The Cov­ing­ton News, won’t be com­ing out for or against SPLOST. It is not our role to tell you what to think. You have to make that de­ci­sion for your­self.

But don’t be fooled by the “fake news” out there. Read, re­search, ask ques­tions for your­self.

Some ques­tions cen­ter on the se­lec­tion of projects. Oth­ers on the al­lo­ca­tion of the funds be­tween New­ton County and our mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties. Oth­ers on the past SPLOSTs, specif­i­cally col­lec­tions and how the money has been man­aged in the past.

If your opin­ion is al­ready formed, share it with oth­ers in a thought­ful, mean­ing­ful way.

We wel­come Let­ters to the Ed­i­tor to voice opin­ions. We wel­come guest colum­nists that wish to put their pro­fes­sional/of­fi­cial opin­ion out there for every­one to read. We wel­come re­spect­ful di­a­logue and dis­cus­sion on our so­cial me­dia sites.

We hope that you make your­self in­formed enough to make your own de­ci­sion on the SPLOST vote.

Which­ever way you vote, we hope that you get out and vote. Early vot­ing ends March 17. Elec­tion day is March 21. You have am­ple op­por­tu­nity.

As lo­cal elec­tion his­tory has shown, es­pe­cially in re­cent years, ev­ery vote counts. Don’t let the num­ber of votes in this SPLOST elec­tion not in­clude your vote.

A bet­ter in­formed pub­lic makes bet­ter in­formed de­ci­sions. Then every­one wins. Even if you don’t agree with a de­ci­sion or an elec­tion, we still win when the process works.

The only way we can re­ally lose is when we have record low rates of elec­tion par­tic­i­pa­tion. Or record low com­mu­nity in­put into pro­grams or pol­icy. Or record low par­tic­i­pa­tion in, well, any­thing.

As for an of­fi­cial stance on SPLOST, The Cov­ing­ton News whole­heart­edly sup­ports a com­mu­nity en­gaged in its fu­ture.

(We have at­tempted to an­swer the SPLOST ques­tions we know about within the pages of this news­pa­per. If there are still unan­swered ques­tions, please let us know by email­ing us at [email protected]­news.com or call­ing 770-787-6397.)

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