What’s with the Longview Daily News?

Aug 16, 2011 | 1 comment

Business ‘As Usual’ c. 1938

     Oysterville seems to be of great interest lately to the Longview Daily News.  And not in a good way, either.  Last year it was the bears on Stackpole Road.  Last week it was the Oysterville water problems.
     I guess if they could get their facts straight, I’d be more charitable toward them.  But when I read that there are nine (NINE!!??) businesses in Oysterville, their credibility went right out the window.
     First of all, according to the policies of OWW (Oysterville Water Works), only residential properties can be hooked up to their water lines – no commercial properties.  So if there are any commercial properties using OWW water, they must have jury-rigged their connection unbeknownst to the rest of us.
     Even so, there are not nine businesses in our town.   Just to be fair, I counted and tried to include everything that could possibly be considered a “business:”  Oysterville Sea Farms, (commercial property); the Oysterville Store, (has their own well); the Oysterville Post Office (no water); the Oysterville Guest House (residential property); the Oysterville Church (no water connection); the Oysterville School (water.)
     In my mind, it’s a stretch to include Schoolhouse as a ‘business.’ However, it is often rented for weddings receptions and for other events and there is water in the kitchen.  But, even counting that, and the guest house, and Oysterville Sea Farms, that’s only a total of three.
     Okay, so they exaggerated a little.  But there were other errors in the article, too, the biggest being the implication that the Oysterville Sea Farms problems this summer relate wholly to our water difficulties.  Not so, as proprietor Dan Driscoll would be the first to say. As he explained to me, it’s the rules and regulations of Pacific County that are causing him grief.  OWW’s water problems are just one more drop in the bucket, so to speak.
     It’s my impression that the Longview Daily News used to be more accurate in their reporting and, certainly, kinder to Oysterville.  But that was back when historian John McClelland was editor/publisher.  He was a good friend of my uncle Willard’s and he had a bit of a soft spot for Oysterville.
     It has always seemed to me that the connection with Oysterville ended somewhat abruptly when Ted Natt, also an editor/publisher of the Daily News, died in a helicopter crash.  It happened when Natt was on his way home from Willard’s memorial service here.  Perhaps that crash created a bad association in the minds of the Daily News staff.
     Or maybe it’s just that their reporting has become sloppy and they are chasing the sensational in order to sell newspapers.  Either way, they don’t appear to feel friendly toward Oysterville.

1 Comment

  1. Ed Archer

    I hope that you also posted your comments on the Editorial page of the Longview Dailey News.


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