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A proud publisher thanks his community

Lloyd Mullen
Posted 10/16/19

We go to your meetings and community events, take your picture and write your story to get the word out.

We talk to you about your business and build the ad you want to help you grow.

Once a …

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And the Oscar goes to...

A proud publisher thanks his community


We go to your meetings and community events, take your picture and write your story to get the word out.

We talk to you about your business and build the ad you want to help you grow.

Once a week, we assemble it all into your newspaper, the first draft of the history of our county.

The thrill of seeing that finished product never gets old.

Once a year, we submit what we believe to be our best work to our news association.

They send it to professionals from across the country, who judge us against our peers at papers all over Washington, and this year, your community newspaper came out on top.

Maybe it’s not the Oscars, but to us, it’s a big deal, the kind of news we rush to share with parents and children who sometimes wonder if any newspaper is worth all the care and work that newspaper people proudly pour into it.

We think so, and on a day like this, we’d like to say, “Thank you.”

The most important thanks go to you, our readers.

Your choice to pick up this weekly paper ensures our continued existence.

Without you, there’d be no story to tell and no paper to tell it in. From your continued involvement in our community to your constructive criticism of our work and steady stream of news tips and suggestions, you are our most important partners.

As publisher, I’d also like to include a big, “Thank you” to everyone at The Leader, who made the newspaper great this year. From your reporting, editorials and photography to your page design and advertising, your hard work is paying off.

We’re better for it and our community is, too.

At 130 years old, The Leader feels pretty lively today.

-Lloyd Mullen

(The Leader’s Editorials are the opinion of the Editorial Board: Publisher Lloyd Mullen; co-owner Louis Mullen; Editor Dean Miller and Leader readers who lobby The Leader. Each editorial is signed by the person who writes that editorial on behalf of the Editorial Board.)


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Larry Kallenberger

I think print media is by far the most important source we have to discern the truth about what is going on in our community, our nation and the world. On the national front where would we be without the hard working journalists from the New York Times, the Washington Post and yes even the Wall Street Journal. State topics are exposed in large city dailies like the LA Times, the Denver Post and the Seattle newspaper. It was even better when these places had two newspapers. Those days are gone unfortunately and last I knew the Portland Oregonian only publishes a few days a week. In many big cities newspaper wars where a year subscription cost one penny in an effort to build an advertising base. That drove many papers out of the business. When I lived in Colorado I enjoyed reading 4 daily newspapers(two in Denver and two in Colorado Springs) in addition to my small counties two weekly papers(the Ute Pass Courier and the Cripple Creek Gold Rush) The Internet is exhaustive in providing information but often without context or sources that can be verified. Without our local weekly how would we know about local government let alone monitor its efforts and results. I spent almost 40 years in government and politics and was often criticized but not as often as I deserved. I was also lauded perhaps more than I deserved as well. That is the job of a newspaper in any size community-to monitor government and promote democracy by providing sound information. If you love democracy as a way of organizing humans living together you have to love your community newspaper that provides us shared information that allows us to sort the wheat from the chaff. I think our community is blessed to have a long tradition of local news ownership. I don't know Lloyd Mullen personally but I admire him for moving here and living with his family in a unit above the newspaper office while getting settled. I think Dean Miller is a dedicated editor who is intellectually gifted though I disagree with his views now and again. I thought Copy Editors Catherine Winters wrote an inspired piece on her experience at the Thing festival even though I dont agree that it is necessary to occur in Port Townsend. The reporters are motivated and highly skilled. I dont know how Lily Haight finds the time to be so prolific in her coverage. Kirk Boxleitner is a loyal holdover with an understanding of the arts scene that is sincere and informative. Chris McDaniel is an excellent reporter who provides well researched information and fair perspective. I dont think there is anything wrong with also reading the other newspaper available because more news and perspective is valuable. However having watched newspaper wars across the country reducing most cities to one publication. I will always have a subscription to the Port Townsend Leader because it would be a tragic loss for the community to have it driven out by well funded competitors. I have only lived here for 3 years so I didn't get a chance to know the Wilsons who are beloved by so many as former owners, A newspaper that survives over 100 years means that ownership passes through many hands over time. We are fortunate to have an unbroken chain of owners, editors and writers to keep us informed and provide a shared base of information. It is important to remember amidst all this praise that editorials that appear in newspapers are the opinions of one person or maybe a small board so dont get mad if you are unhappy with their stated views. Instead get involved by expressing yourselves and fighting for what you believe is the truth. As vital as a community newspaper is to our informed lives it is certainly not more important than your involvement in addressing issues. support the Leader when you think it is deserved. Fight back when you think it doesn't. Keep in mind though how much you would be missing if it no longer existed!

Thursday, October 24, 2019