We've been doing television editorials at WDRB for over 14 years now. And we occasionally 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 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 stimulate discussion on issues that affect our lives so we can be active participants in their outcomes.
The key word in that last sentence is "active." We all have strong opinions about a wide range of issues, but how many of us actually communicate those opinions to the people and institutions that can act on them? Point of View doesn't exist to satisfy my ego, but to bring the voice of the people out of private, individual discussions, and into the forefront -- where it can actually make a difference. And now that the Courier-Journal has all but abandoned its editorial voice in this community, I believe ours is even more critical.
This only works because of your participation. So the next time you vehemently disagree with me, please remember: I'm not looking for a fight, but a conversation. And it takes at least two to make those happen.
I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my Point of View.