There are rare occasions when the content of this column becomes personal and when the necessity therefore arises to step out of the collective embrace of “we” and into the voice of “I.”
The impending ballot on Measure B – the Hotel Limitation Measure – is such an occasion, in part because this newspaper is owned by Sonoma Media Investments, the managing partner of which is would-be hotel developer and my boss, Darius Anderson.
That relationship impinges on Index-Tribune coverage of the hotel limitation debate, if only because it can feed the suspicion that a media voice owned by a potential hotel developer must, by definition, be biased and suspect.
That is why, whenever possible, the Index-Tribune has relied on the services of Sonoma freelancer Pam Gibson – a former professional journalist, as well as a former city manager – to cover the story. We have tried to provide consistently balanced coverage on the hotel debate, and to the space in our opinion pages, although the opinion pendulum may swing from side to side depending on the fluctuating volume of letters and columns we receive, as is the case today.
These assertions won’t satisfy everyone – I know that – but in the end that issue comes down to the record of what appears in the pages of this newspaper. And on that subject, there are two very important facts all readers should understand.