Well folks the good news is we have a new and pretty legitimate news source in Mason City and North Iowa. Kudos to NorthIowaToday.com.
The bad news is their publisher (Matt Marquardt) has asked me to contribute to the political section of the website. My take on things: I appreciate that. However, you know what, I never felt comfortable with the other media in the community. I have grown to appreciate some of the stuff that Bob Fisher does on the radio. And I also know that Dave Hanson has done some quality work at KIMT.
With that said, I think I will take him up on his offer. From time to time you will be hearing from me on this website. Let’s hope it will be good for all of us. Informative, educational, fun, and real. And just a warning to NorthIowaToday.com. If you get too heavy handed with me, I’m gone.
I think I will start out with the three biggest questions asked to me this year by citizens, in no particular order:
1. “What happened to the man of action, John Lee, and his petition and all that democracy? He said he was the ‘Man of Action’ but where is he?”
2. “What’s it like working with the new mayor? He doesn’t seem engaged.”
3. “Why is John Skipper such a jerk to you?”
I will address these and other questions and issues as time permits. Now how’s that for a commitment? Thanks for reading. Now let’s blog away.
Publisher’s Note, by Matt Marquardt:
The views and opinions expressed in this article are not necessarily those of NorthIowaToday.com.
My interview with Max came about after asking his help on a matter of access to public information. We got to talking about NorthIowaToday.com and he offered an interview. Max was “actual and factual” (as he put it) and very forthcoming on a variety of topics. Max made a point of laying ground rules for his involvement, which was entertaining.
I did enjoy interviewing Max, I enjoyed his input, and think that Max is the type of contributor we are looking for at NorthIowaToday.com.
Max seems to be a silenced voice in our community and we value his perspective on all local issues. He deserves a platform just as all local politicians and officials do. Max noted that many times, he wanted to respond or give his opinion on issues but never felt the local media would give him his space or the time. Max claims he has asked but gotten very little cooperation. Our aim is to give all local officials and politicians an equal opportunity to address the citizens they work for.
By the way, Max made it clear that he welcomes criticism and discussion of his points of view, so feel free to leave your comments.
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