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Friday, November 18, 2022 - Vol. 01 No. 26
Good morning! And may all your turkeys be plump!
☀️In Everything Give Thanks
It is Thanksgiving season, and since this is the closest issue before the holiday, it seemed like a fresh opportunity for sharing rather than waiting to serve leftovers next Friday.
The Sun is thankful for:
James Comeford and his meandering way Westward until planting the seed of our city.
Marysville's Mayor Jon Nehring, for his patience and persistence in office since 2010, including the last few crazy trips around the sun with scrutiny and criticisms at an all time high.
The Marysville City Council, for, among numerous other things, working toward making our city more beautiful and keeping us within budget.
The Marysville Police Department, for pursuing justice and for not making news for all the wrong reasons. The Marsyville Fire Department, not only for being emergency ready but also reversing course and rehiring those (previously fired) who refused the COVID vaccine.
Many local businesses/owners that keep investing their resources for us to enjoy, some of which the Sun has previously highlighted, including 5 Rights Brewery, Walker's Coffee Co., The Creamery Co., VanderBeken Remodel, and GuitarSuccess4U.
Many local Protestant churches and pastors who preach the gospel week after week, some of which the Sun hopes to highlight in future issues.
Many families who, although they could leave for greener (or redder) pastures, keep loving their neighbors in Marysville and seek to be a little enclave of blessing on the I-5 corridor.
Sunny skies and 70s into October (albeit quite smokey), the PUD along with their partners who restored electricity after early winter windstorms arrived with vengeance, rain and frosty mornings and thick coats and full pots of hot coffee.
Maggie Rothenberger, as well as Mark Callender and Ben Smith, who have contributed articles to various issues of the Sun.
And all the subscribers and readers of the Sun.
In saying that we are thankful for the above, it should be clarified that we are thankful to God who made heaven and earth, and to His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. His Spirit has given us life, and continues to give us strength for our worship and work in Jesus' name. Also, in saying that we are thankful, we do not mean that there are no (BIG) problems to address, but we work with gratitude.
☀️Always an Angle
by Maggie Rothenberger
Last week I and my father were able to attend the Behind the News Stories event hosted by The Daily Herald at the Edmonds Center for the Arts. The event featured some of the Herald’s recent local reporting, with a few panel discussions, and a question and answer portion. Early attendees mingled with each other along with some of the Herald’s staff, and overall it was an enjoyable evening.
Repeated throughout the night was the importance of local news, as thousands of local newspapers have died in the past few decades, leaving news deserts across the country. Papers have had to adapt to cultural shifts, primarily moving to the internet and increasing marketing strategies. Large media companies purchase smaller papers and encourage them to report mostly on community stories, give factual recordings of various happenings, and save the opining for the aptly named Opinion Page.
Newspapers have been vital to America from our beginning; the foundational Federalist and Anti-Federalist papers were all published through papers, read by the common men of the new states. The First Amendment was particularly important to the Founders, not because papers were keeping their opinions out of articles—they needed protection because they often printed rather harsh critiques of politicians in particular. They did not care to confine the opinions to just one portion of the paper.
This is because they were simply honest about the nature of men. One cannot shed all presuppositions when telling a story, and that is what local news does the most, is it not? Good stories have an angle, a viewpoint, a perspective. You can’t have any of those things without making judgment calls regarding what is good and what is bad. Worldview is essential to identifying protagonists and antagonists, both in fiction and real life reporting. Truly denying this would result in muddled stories with no meaning; however, because we can never completely shake our worldview, it will always seep into everything we do. After all, without worldview, how do you even define community, or identify which stories are important to share?
It is good for there to be a variety of voices who disagree publicly—after all, that is precisely what the Federalist and Anti-Federalist papers did. What needs to happen is honesty from all parties, acknowledging their own stances. It only harms local communities to pretend that papers do not have opinions or worldviews.
The Marysville Police Department will be collecting coats again Saturday (11/19) and Sunday (11/20):
While we want to maximize our Thanksgiving first, for sure, Merrysville for the Holidays is only two weeks away on December 3. Make sure to check out the city’s page with the schedule of events.
A great idea for all you early Christmas shoppers, especially those who like to give the gift of confusion.