Letter: The Sun-Gazette delivers a fresh local perspective for Visalia

The Sun-Gazette

Dear Editor,

Thank goodness The Sun-Gazette has become the “go-to” source for local Tulare County news. [Last] week they published an outstanding article about our local Congressman Devin Nunes when he received America’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom [“Nunes awarded highest civilian honor” published Jan. 6]. He has endured unrelenting attacks by our other Central Valley newspapers as well as the National news media as he uncovered the truth about the supposed Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election.

The Sun-Gazette’s article, in remarkably few words, summarized Mr. Nunes’ successful findings. I’ll avoid re-litigating the results of his work because there is an equally important story about the past and future coverage of our local news. Our other “local” newspaper described the congressman’s award in the most negative terms possible.

For the last four years the now bankrupt Fresno Bee, and the shrinking Visalia Times Delta, have been on a virtual suicide mission to do any thing possible to attack Mr. Nunes and his supporters. Why call it “suicide?” In the November election he received over 66% of the votes in the city of Exeter, according to the Tulare County Elections Office. Similarly, he won 57% in the cities of Visalia and Tulare. Plummeting circulation suggests it has not been a good business decision for them to constantly insult and attack over half their potential readers and advertisers.

We continue to need honest unbiased and in-depth local reporting. The survival of The Sun-Gazette is critical for us to be able to demand accountability from our elected city and county leaders. Their podcast review of the corruption they discovered in Lindsay, California, is a story about persistent local investigative journalism at its best. Similarly, their reporting on the scandal at the Tulare Hospital has probably been key to driving the subsequent indictments filed by the Tulare County District Attorney.

Although I live in Visalia, I have been a reader of The Sun-Gazette, and columnist Trudy Wischemann, for many years. My Thursday ritual has been the weekly seniors tournament at the Exeter Golf Course followed by a clubhouse cheeseburger while I caught up with Trudy and the local news. We are happy The Sun-Gazette is now delivering Visalia news as well. Thank you for sharing some excellent local journalism with us. And, thanks also to the local advertisers who help fund the newspaper.

Jerrold Jensen
Visalia

This unsolicited letter is not a news article but the opinion of the writer and does not reflect the views of The Sun-Gazette newspaper.

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