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Op Ed: Reporting COVID-19

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This is Difficult

When I created the Lodi Valley Chronicle, I thought I would be writing about duck derbies, school plays, and council meetings.  I didn’t think I’d be reporting on a global pandemic.  It’s… a little bit daunting.

You may have notice that I haven’t written anything during this week.  I needed to sit down, take a breath, collect my thoughts, and decide how to proceed.  The answer came from asking one simple question:

What would Dad tell me to do?

And the answer is simple.  He’d tell me “You know what to do. Now go do it.”

Lodi Strong

Let’s make that a hashtag.  #LodiStrong

We are stubborn, wise, straight-forward, dedicated, caring, skilled, outspoken, thick-skinned, opinionated, brutally honest, and occasionally cantankerous.  And we’re smart enough to know what’s right–even if we bitch about it at the bar on Friday night1And now we’re not even allowed to do that–which is something we’ll bitch about once the bars open up again, while all agreeing that it needed to be done..  Most of all, we’re not afraid of the truth.

I forgot that for a moment.  I’m sorry.

News Not Politics

If I am going to do what I know needs to be done, if I am going to report the news–as unbiased and honest as possible–I’m going to have to say things that will piss some people off.

I’m not sorry.

When appropriate, I will name names and point fingers–some times with commendation, some times with condemnation.  This is a time when we need our community leaders to step up and shoulder the responsibilities we have placed upon them.  This is a time when we rightfully demand that those we have granted authority must serve our community.

Play time is over. Shit just got real.

  • Chief Wayne Smith:  You’ve been clear and open in speaking to Lodi.  Thank you.  Please keep it up.
  • Chuck Pursell and Vincent Breunig:  You have been open and honest about the difficulties the school district has faced.  Thank you.  That information, however, has been without prelude or notice.  Let us know what might happen. Give us time to prepare.
  • Russ Schafer:  Your responsibility is to inform us how Lodi Area EMS is responding to the COVID-19 situation–which you have not2Lodi EMS is the only local org that has refused to speak to the Chronicle..  It is not your responsibility to tell us about elections and daycare.  If you have information to share, please give it to any–or all–of the newspapers that cover the Lodi area.
  • Jim Ness, Roger Schmidt, Brian Henry, Ashley Nedeau-Owen, and David Koenig: You have been silent.  Tell us what’s going on in your municipality.

Not All Doom and Gloom

There’s a lot of other stuff happening in Lodi, and I’m going to keep reporting it (starting Sunday).

We’ll have

  • News about the addition to Reach Out Lodi
  • Information on banks that have drive-ups available
  • Comments from the Ice Age Trail Alliance
  • Insights and updates from local businesses
  • Politics as usual
  • Whatever pops up

Thank You

’nuff said.

Footnotes

Footnotes
1 And now we’re not even allowed to do that–which is something we’ll bitch about once the bars open up again, while all agreeing that it needed to be done.
2 Lodi EMS is the only local org that has refused to speak to the Chronicle.

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