Speak Out: The Star is remiss in not covering accomplishments of local residents
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Dec 20, 2013 | 1970 views |  0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Because I am an avid reader of The Star, a “home-owned newspaper,” and having now received my second master’s degree from Jacksonville State University, I would like to inform The Star’s publisher that JSU held its fall graduation exercises on Dec. 13, with more than 300 students receiving their degrees. It was an event your newspaper should have been aware of. In attendance were hundreds of out-of-town guests and residents of the counties your paper serves. They were there to see their children and grandchildren graduate from college.

My reason for directing your attention to this significant event is to lay criticism on your paper’s lack of interest. You chose to publish stories concerning Nick Saban, drugs and Sunday liquor sales on your Saturday front page. Your paper did mention, tucked away on page 5A, a story concerning a student who would graduate and travel from Australia to get her degree.

My continued inspection of your Saturday pages revealed what I have learned this hometown newspaper finds relevant to the lives of those who live in your circulation area: football, shootings and Sunday liquor sales. I ask, what about education and the accomplishments of local residents?

William Walter
Jacksonville
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