Thirteen years ago this month we resurrected the tradition of the television editorial at WDRB. And every couple of years we do an editorial just to talk about why we do editorials.
I believe a television station has an obligation to do more than inform and entertain. I think it must reflect and even help shape the time honored values of a community. I throw an opinion out there and you are encouraged to agree with me or disagree - I don't care which. The goal isn't to get agreement. It's to foster discussion on issues that affect our lives so we can be active participants in the outcomes of these issues.
Some TV stations don't do editorials because they are afraid they might say something you disagree with and you'll stop watching. But, you and your friends don't agree on everything, do you? I believe the differences of opinion are what make the friendship interesting. If you've seen many of my editorials, you know I try not to take wimpy positions on wimpy topics. I jump in with both feet when I can and stick my own neck out when I must. Otherwise I'd be wasting your time.
Thirteen years and almost 1,700 editorials later, I think editorials are still important to this community. At a time when the local newspaper doesn't have any editorial writers anymore, editorials may be more important than ever.