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4/18/2013 5:00:00 PM
TIMES EDITORIAL: It's not all bad news; in fact it's mostly good news

It's interesting how the people we elect to oversee and spend our tax dollars want to complain when the newspaper reports and critiques how they spend our tax dollars.

The first rule for anyone who wants to serve on a local board or council is that we're going to report as much as our resources allow. And with our resources as limited as they are, it's usually only the most flagrant expenditures that are going to capture our attention and land a story on page one or an editorial on page four.

That said, a strong supporter of some of the more criticized elected officials recently commented that the newspaper reports only the negative and is destroying the image of Blythe. That is an uneducated opinion if there ever was one.

The April 17 Palo Verde Valley Times carried 13 stories about "good things" going on in the city, 16 kids had their pictures in the paper, another story covered a woman who graduated from college and a man who graduated from Naval Officer training. That edition also had a calendar page that listed events happening well into May and a sports page with stories on the high school teams and youth sports. While some may count the editorial column as negative, others in the community found it to be positive.

The April 12 edition included four feature stories, a story on what occurred at the Blythe City Council meeting that reported strictly who said what, again, a calendar page to notify the community about what's occurring in town, and two editorial columns, one some - but not all - could construe as negative, because some readers want to know what our council members' positions are. Unfortunately, six obituaries took up a great deal of the paper, but that is a service we provide to families who want their deceased relative recognized.

The April 10 newspaper carried two stories about police arresting criminal suspects. While those arrested may have found the stories negative, law enforcement personnel who made the arrests and those who support law enforcement all found the stories to be positive. Four feature stories highlighted positive contributions locals made to the community, a calendar page and a high school sports story.

Again, it contained a couple of opinion columns that some agree with and some don't... but they're opinions and everyone is entitled to one. Six obituaries ran in that issue as well.

In the April 5 Times, we had a story about former cemetery manager Lathan Williams pleading guilty to embezzlement from our only local cemetery. We're sure Lathan Williams viewed this as a negative story but it's doubtful most of the rest of Blythe did. That edition also included a story on the upcoming council meeting agenda, a story about a family that needed help after their home burned, and a story about Riverbottom Auto Body helping a local woman whose car was damaged during a hostage situation when nobody else would help her, not her insurance nor Victim Services.

That paper had one other feature story, a high school sports story, five obits, a calendar page, and two letters; one from City Councilman Sam Patel asking for suggestions on how to create a better Blythe and another critical of rumors.

The April 3 edition featured a story about a Blythe man who had his car torched after police arrested him and charged him with lewd and lascivious acts on a child younger than 14 that some may construe as negative while others are grateful to receive the information. We had a story about the Desert Storm rally racing and two big rig accidents being investigated by the California Highway Patrol. Four other feature stories concerned volunteers at the Harmony Kitchen and a room full of kids who donated blankets. The editorial page has a column by Bob Weete that expressed his gratitude over what he has been able to accomplish in his life and a guest opinion from the Palo Verde Hospital Medical Staff's attorney explaining the doctors' side of things.

Don't forget the calendar page, two high school sports stories, and thankfully, no obits.

This pretty much covers the past month's Palo Verde Valley Times newspapers and it's obvious to anyone who reads them that the positive stories in the newspaper far outweigh those some see as negative by maybe 20 to 1 or more.

So in the future, when someone says the Times only prints negative and we're the one's decimating the image others have of Blythe, that is simply a spiteful line of back yard sediment spewed by those who wish we wouldn't shine the occasional light on their actions and those of their friends who are not necessarily looking out for the best interests of Blythe residents.

In addition to all the "good news" we publish about what is going on in the community, in the name of fairness, we also allow others a forum to espouse their opposing opinions, be it through a letter to the editor or by commenting on our pvvt.com website. What other media in Blythe offers you a voice?

The second rule our local politicians and government officials should learn is that if you're worried about how the newspaper reports your actions, perhaps you should take a second look at what you're doing and the motives behind your votes. Whether a story is negative or positive is in the eye of the beholder and if your view is always negative, that should say something about your own life.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Article comment by: AJ McKay

There are many truths. The people are just reading what is available. The people are not able to read truths that are contrary to published opinions. Just like others mention. Print ALL TRUTHS and let the people decide on their own. People can't stand up if your sitting them down with only half the story. (Fist pumping) :)

Posted: Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Article comment by: @ AJ McKay

When the TRUTH is finally revealed will YOU STAND UP?

Posted: Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Article comment by: AJ McKay

So will the REAL "@Give Me A Break" please stand up! Just saying . . . .

Posted: Sunday, April 21, 2013
Article comment by: @@ Give me a break

The truth? According to whom? Yes, they canceled - again. Wonder why? Also wonder why two board members weren't notified?? And you can guess which two. Is THIS where the "truth" will come from? They wouldn't recognize truth if it came up and kicked them in the buns!

Posted: Saturday, April 20, 2013
Article comment by: @ Give me a break

Just wait the truth will be revealed soon.
Problem is they canceled the Board Meeting again!

Posted: Saturday, April 20, 2013
Article comment by: @ @ give me a break

Attack, attack, attack the messenger and call it false. What about the items I listed without a single mentioning or article in the paper are not true? Go ahead, keep it up and just keep letting the people of Blythe see the PVVT and its supporters for what they are and see that there truly is an agenda here at play. Calling me names and attacking me is like "water of a ducks back". If you wish to continue to be blinded with anger and discontent that is fine. There are plenty of rational people out there that will see the truth. All anyone is asking for his unbiased reporting that gives all the facts and keeps people fully informed so they can make decisions for themselves. We are not all horses that need to be led to water.

Posted: Saturday, April 20, 2013
Article comment by: @give me a break

Ever hear the good one, "The kettle calling the pot black"? That's you, and you seem to have nothing better to do than to desperately snow us with the idea that you speak for the people of Blythe. Nothing is farther from the truth. Another good one. "Birds of a feather flock together." You and your birds do NOT speak for the free people of Blythe, and you never will. You are too blind and you have been bamboozled by the master bamboozler. And some of your buddies blow up your huge ego when you write - constantly - with no change in your message. YOU know the "facts" and NOBODY but you knows it. That's your line. And we've all heard it. It's just sad that you have such a fetish about "facts" - as they have been presented to you and you haven't spent the time to think and reason about those pieces of information fed you. Well, maybe you will ripen as you get older. If not, well.......

Posted: Friday, April 19, 2013
Article comment by: Give me a break

You may be entitled to your opinions but you are not entitled to your facts. Do you not think that a hospital heading towards bankruptcy finding $5.2 MILLION dollars worth of hospital visits that had not been billed since March of 2012 is not important? When they figured out fifty thousand dollars of savings a month here a couple of months ago, again not a peep. The doctors take a 20 percent reduction in on call pay and directorships and again we get no reporting on it from the PVVT. I guess millions of dollars of good news is much less important to you than how a twenty thousand dollar promotional fund is spent. I have no problem with reporting what happens at the meetings as long as we, the public, are given the good and the bad. Instead we, the public, are given what you want us to hear and it always seems to further your beliefs and we get nothing when it works against the agenda you are pushing. It has become so obvious to most people in town that people just tune it out. Lastly, you can call a person like me uneduacted all you want. Coming from you I will not be losing any sleep about it anytime soon. I expect you to belittle those that disagree with you. It is what you have done to people and board members in this community for several years now. The reality is that you wish we were all uneducated so we would not see through your garbage.

Posted: Friday, April 19, 2013
Article comment by: @ pvvt.

Yes there is a lot of positive things to read...I read the sports section....I pay real close attention to the honor roll student's at all levels...pvvt offers a lot of information...keep up the good work...

Posted: Friday, April 19, 2013
Article comment by: give me a break

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Posted: Thursday, April 18, 2013
Article comment by: Whaddaya say, now?

Okay, all you naysayers. You wanted "facts", "evidence", etc. You got it. You don't see what you don't want to see, huh? It would appear that the Times actually has a good deal of "positive" information in it. But YOU are simply looking only for something to complain about. Thank you, PVVT, for alerting us to all the good things you publish. And I happen to think the other stuff is "good" too, because you are interested in justice being done. When justice falls on certain individuals, they can't handle it and feel compelled to blame someone else.

Posted: Thursday, April 18, 2013
Article comment by: good job

good response. agree with what you said. some people need to read papers from other small towns to see if they are different. they are not.

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