Letter: Paper should provide list of votes

  • Friday, January 10, 2020 4:09pm
  • Opinion

Editor,

In Patrick Grubb’s Jan. 4 Sound Off opinion piece, Mr. Grubb, the president of the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association, indicated that “hometown” papers have an obligation to keep a close eye on legislators. To quote Mr. Grubb: “The continuing efforts of lawmakers to escape public scrutiny obligates the media to keep a close eye on Olympia.”

I suggest that all of the Sound Publishing papers step up to Mr. Grubb’s challenge. To start with, the papers should publish monthly, while the legislature is in session, the voting records of our three District 10 representatives — two representatives and one senator.

The papers could provide a brief summary of the legislation, then how our representatives voted. This would be similar to how the Seattle Times reports on legislation and the voting of our representatives and senators in Washington, D.C.

I realize column space is precious in local papers. However, such reporting would provide a public service and is a far better use of newspaper space and reporting resources than reporting on the alleged whereabouts of Eddie Redmayne.

Sound Publishing, step up to Mr. Grubb’s challenge.

Bob Wolters

Langley

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