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Danny, thanks for sharing how JOLT utilizes both local and non-local reporters as a way to provide us more local news coverage than you would otherwise be able to afford. I have mixed feelings about using foreign-based reporters to report local news. I can see both sides of the issue. I DO know that I appreciate that the JOLT exists in our community and feel it generally does a good job. I also appreciate that it has continued to grow, if slowly, and has evolved in the breadth of its coverage. It feels like an organic organism that grows and changes as the issues and the community changes, and I think that is a good thing.

I appreciate former comments that the Thurston County community has almost become a 'news desert', due to the dwindling presence of the long-standing daily newspaper. It's WAY-out-of-town corporate ownership feels like it could fold at any time, due to insufficient profits,and that is a poor 'raison d'etre'.

I salute Danny and the JOLT staff for hanging in there, even when it's been hard to pay the bills. I read JOLT regularly, and I contribute. I heartily recommend others do the same, to ensure we have good, honest coverage of the issues important to our community.

Jim Longley


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