But while the truth may not be as sexy as some would hope, be refreshed in knowing that although we’ve endured political chaos in the last few years, culminating with the conclusion of the May general elections, the controversies that once plagued the city in the past – and that we were at the forefront of exposing – may be behind us.
Cheer up, this is the good news you’ve been waiting for.
I imagine a few potentially nasty situations arising, this I gathered from skimming through the agendas of the regular commission meetings (which will soon be included in editions of the San Benito News when they become available to us). Still, the days of the office of mayor being automatically forfeit for owing back taxes and exposing elementary school principals as convicted felons are gone.
It’s not that our ability to uncover such truths has been diminished. On the contrary, the News may have influenced those in positions of power, however little it may be, to once again feel inclined to stay squeaky clean rather than risk the potentiality of winding up on the front page of the newspaper – and not for a good reason. This is the sort of change readers expect their newspapers to bring to the communities they serve. We hold your public servants accountable, and the readers hold us accountable. This is the beautiful relationship between the media, governing entities and the public.
Take not for granted the effort entailed in establishing and maintaining such a relationship. Compounded by the unwillingness of some to cooperate with the media, building rapport with public officials and dignitaries can be near impossible if the relationship is not strengthened by trust. And it’s trust, my friends, that’s the hottest commodity in journalism these days. Not time, and not information. That’s all acquired and managed through practice. Trust is earned.
Clearly we hear rumors, speculation, and innuendo, but nothing that’s substantiated and therefore not worth the resources of a full investigation. Now that also doesn’t mean we can’t follow-up. Know that much of these heavy-hitting, community-changing articles are based on the strength of our sources’ information – the same people who we’ve developed a trusting relationship with over the years.
So (finally) after exhausting all these outlets, I can happily report to you that it seems as though most people in positions of power in San Benito are behaving themselves.
Sure, there is maneuvering that angers folks on the opposite end of the political spectrum, and vice versa, but nothing on the level of what’s occurred in the Resaca City in recent years.
Don’t be surprised. This is the good news our readers have been waiting for. The only question that remains is how long it will last.