One of the hardest thing to do when running a newspaper is keeping people happy, especially when we are voicing a personal opinion.
Our “Top 10 Community Driven People” last week apparently ruffled some feathers. Although we did receive emails, tweets and facebook messages congratulating us for our choices, we also faced people who were in total disagreement, upset and who even decided to boycott the paper based on this one article.
I would like to offer a reminder about what the Seeker is and is not about.
We are not a political or a socialist paper. Our mission statement is not to point out all the social injustices happening in our community; we leave that to other media outlets. Without turning a blind eye to serious things happening in our city–Jason Setnyk does after all cover some of the social interest stories– we chose to focus on positiveness and lift up business people, artists and individuals who contribute to making Cornwall a better place. We are a community paper. Our motto promises “a weekly dose of positive news” and as such, our top 10 was put together.
There is no denying that everyone of the 10 people on our list are community involved one way or another. Yes, some of them may be doing it for financial gain, but then again, I won’t assume that I know if they are or not. If you asked 100 different individuals about who should have been on the list, you would get 100 different lists. The point is: you can’t make everyone happy.
Please feel free to comment and let us know if you agreed with our selection or not. We always welcome a healthy dialogue.