issues shown by the editorial page staff. For state issues, Jim Boyd, Lori
Sturdevant and Dave Hage could supply some top-notch analysis that had
intellectual rigor and independent thinking even if you disagreed with the
conclusion. Unfortunately, that independent voice has largely been missing
from editorial analysis of Minneapolis and Hennepin County. It's as if the
editorialist listened only to the public official who came over to blow in his
or her ear. I think that over the years local public officials have come to
rely on that intellectual laziness.
I couldn't disagree more with Lisa about the percentage of Times content in the
newspaper, unless she never reads past the A section. As for the A section,
neither this nor any other regional paper without national pretensions is going
to cover national or international affairs with its own staff, except for
covering its own congressional delegation. Yes, there's lots of Times content
in the A section, but would you prefer the AP? I'm glad that Lisa enjoys the
Times, as do I when I have the time, but our paper is edited for the majority
of readers who don't access the Times.
Times content is virtually absent from the B section, except for the odd
national obit brief. For some reason, the Times was absent from today's
hearing on our city's police budget.
The part I think is pretty funny is Harte saying that"there are very few places
they can go for an expert opinion on local issues" This is true and the Strib
is not one of those places!!! As they continue to cut staff and folks who have
some history about local issues (and of course I'm speaking Minneapolis here)
they sure aren't going to be able to present anything that is expert and
relevant about this city on the opinion page.
Even before the recent sale of the paper, the opinion page writers (with the
exception of Steve Berg and Lori Sturdevant) rarely left the building and never
talked to beat reporters about local issues. The so called "expert coverage"
has gone from mediocore to bad. The Strib management wants to keep business and
advertisers happy because they pay the bills. The opinion page will always
reflect that everything is hunky dorey here in Minneapolis.
We continue to get the Strib because of three things - local news (which isn't
great) the crossword and the comics. Since some days the Strib is 60-70 percent
hashed over NY Times articles (a paper I get and love to read) it is becoming
less relevant in our household every day.