I was interested in and a little confused by Mr. Wangersky’s column in Saturday’s paper (Sept. 7). For one thing, I was wondering why The Telegram decided to elevate an op-ed piece to the front page of the paper, which is where news would be reported, rather than stories are created.
I have to ask why your paper would make that move. It seems to give undue significance to an opinion piece, rather than fair and balanced reporting which I would idealistically hope for.
In addition, and probably more perplexing, I am struck by the fact that Mr. Wangersky would call for the premier to step down half way through her term, while she has the support of her party and at a time when this province is at the pinnacle of success. We are leading the country in economic growth according to the Conference Board of Canada and various economists; people are getting jobs and making good money; the roads are much improved; new schools are being built; and we are hearing about the new discoveries and booming in the offshore in your paper. The government has a strategy to make the province stronger and is in better shape than the one I saw 10 years ago. I don’t believe that can happen if the premier and government don’t know what they’re doing, so why would she quit now?
I, for one, hope the Premier doesn’t step down. Keep going, Madam Premier.
We are better off with you at the helm and will be better off to keep you there.
Editor’s note: Russell Wangersky was not involved in the decision as to where his Sept. 7 column was placed. The Telegram has often run opinion pieces on page A1, particularly if they are deemed to be of widespread interest.