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Idaho papers offer fewer editorials

In his Idaho Politics Weekly column, Chuck Malloy notes that Idaho newspapers are reining in editorials:

Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune is part of a dying breed in Idaho – an opinion page editor who produces hard-hitting copy almost daily – and several times on Friday with the “Cheers and Jeers” commentary. He does not apologize for his liberal views – he flaunts it, while taking on the Republican establishment with gusto. “Idaho has been governed by a one-party rule for a generation,” Trillhaase says. “Where else are citizens going to learn about its mistakes, if not for an independent newspaper editorial voice? Who speaks up for the people who are shut out by the system? What happens when there are no more contrarians around to interrupt the echo chambers?” Trillhaase is following a long line of great writers at the Tribune that includes Bill Hall, the godfather of Idaho editorial writers. But other newspapers in the Gem State are scaling back dramatically in editorials. More here.

Question: Do you miss hard-hitting editorials in Idaho newspapers?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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