Sometimes we don't necessarily like what we have to write about.  Writing about someone getting shot or a family who has lost everything is not our idea of a good time.  It's just a fact of life.  We don't find joy in writing about the faux pas of the government.  It is just a duty that we do for the citizens that cannot be at every meeting. 

Remember the old adage "One person's trash is another man's treasure?"
Well, recent developments definitely fall under that cliché.
Now, I did not personally hear anyone say that this newspaper only prints trash, but I consider my source that told me to be very reliable, so I trust them when they say that someone very high up indeed said those words. I'm not going to spar about the individuals right to say whatever they choose but I will point out that if they are unhappy with any of the articles written by the staff here they might as well get in line and join the club.
Sometimes we don't necessarily like what we have to write about. Writing about someone getting shot or a family who has lost everything is not our idea of a good time. It's just a fact of life. We don't find joy in writing about the faux pas of the government. It is just a duty that we do for the citizens that cannot be at every meeting.
My three years in the journalism field at this newspaper have taught me so much. My teacher and news guru Randy Hogan, The Daily World's managing editor always says that a community newspaper is a reflection of the city it serves. A mirror of what the citizens do in the city. If Joe Bob makes a fool of himself, then Joe Bob looks like a fool in the story. We can't put up fancy window dressings to make the scene look good. It just is not right. When great things happen, it hits the newspaper in the same fashion as bad news.
We have the honor of covering area schools and the events they have. What the schools do in the community is very important. To call the content of the paper trash is about as low as you can get. Someone felt like they could hurt us by saying that but all it did was put more distance between them and the people they serve. The accusation of only "trash" being published in the Helena paper is just a reflection of the person who said it.
I do not think the things that happen in this community can be labeled trash and the person who said it owes lots of men, women and children a heart felt apology because the people in this community make the news. We just report it. The content of this paper may not be all that we in the community want it to be, but trash it is not. If it is trash to them then their trash is my treasure. Too bad those kinds of folks are sometimes the loudest and get more attention then first graders who recycle.
Do remember that just because it's loud, doesn't make it true or even good or holy. I encourage all of our readers to decide if the honor roll, pictures of our men and women fighting for their country and coverage of the many events in town is trash. I know that this community is probably the state's biggest treasure and we here at the World are honored to write about it, photograph it and make sure everyone knows what is happening here regardless if it's trash or treasure.