The local paper's problems can be seen in today's edition. There is an excellent article
by Bruce Golding and Jorge Fitz-Gibbon on today's front page. It is nowhere to be found on the paper's website front page!
The lead story on the local section, headlined "2006 elections a challenge for GOP," also cannot be found on the website front page. Furthermore the article is weak. It is weak because there is a disconnect between the article's headline and the article's subject matter. The article leads with discussions about Democratic candidates, and as much of the article deals with the Democratic primary field as with the Republican one. There also is little depth in its treatment of the gubernatorial candidates of either party. It is especially weak on covering those vying for the unsexy spot of comptroller, which is very important as NY's finances are deteriorating even as much of its economy has improved. Lastly, there are these little bits such as a filler announcing a leftist event on page 12A
. I cannot recall the paper ever printing any announcement for any conservative event not connected to the Republican Party, much less giving it play in the front section of the paper. I'll bet several of these groups have interconnected directors.
So there is the Journal News. Good reporting is hidden from internet readers, confusing headlines, and a bias evidenced through the selection of community announcements.
There is a good summary of Mayor Idoni's tenure in New Rochelle. I'll comment on this later, as family activities come before blogging.