The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

Editorials

January 1, 2013

Our pledge to readers

DANVILLE — A community’s newspaper plays a daily role in the lives of the people it serves. A newspaper’s primary function is to inform, to provide the facts necessary so residents can make informed decisions.

Newspapers also do much more. We entertain. We celebrate successes. We mourn losses. We serve as a forum for community debate. We play the role of watchdog, digging for information behind the scenes, verifying information and pointing out the good, the bad and the ugly.

We will continue to hold elected officials accountable for their actions, and to call for the doors of government to be open to public scrutiny. Secret deals and clandestine negotiations often benefit special interests rather than the public.

Our credibility continues to be — as it has for the past 147 years — our most precious asset. The Commercial-News is owned by Community Newspaper Holdings Inc., a company more than a 100 newspapers across the country. Yet the decisions about what stories we will report, what photos we will publish and what opinions are expressed in our editorials are made by the journalists who work every day at 17 W. North St. Those decisions are based on what we think is the best course for our readers, period.

Part of the effort to maintain our credibility involves making sure our stories, photos and other information is as accurate as possible. We’re the first to admit we’re not perfect, and mistakes occur. When they do, we will correct them in a timely fashion.

Our readers continue to play an important role in shaping our content. We welcome story suggestions, their comments, their complaints and their compliments. Our editor can be reached at 477-5183, by e-mail at lsmith@dancomnews.com or by regular mail at P.O. Box 787, Danville IL 61834-0787.

We also strive to provide our readers with the best possible customer service not only in our news coverage, but in advertising and newspaper delivery. We want readers to let us know when we don’t get it right so we can take corrective action. And we appreciate hearing when we get it right, too.

A newspaper remakes itself every day. Every edition gives us the opportunity to improve, to better serve our readers and to build a better business. We can do that only with your help. We look forward toward a better 2013 for us all.

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Editorials
  • Students need support Fathers — or grandfathers, uncles, cousins, friends and even older brothers — can send a powerful message to young students by participating in Monday’s Million Father March at area schools.Danville District 118 schools, in partnership with the Black

    August 17, 2014

  • Look out for school buses Next week, Vermilion County students will head back into their classrooms to begin another year of learning. Their counterparts in other areas already have started the new school year.With the beginning of school comes the reminder for motorists to w

    August 16, 2014

  • State money helps arena Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn stopped in Danville last week to drop off an $850,000 gift to help pay for renovations at the David S. Palmer Civic Center. From the description of plans in the works from arena director Pete Blackmon, it sounds like the money

    August 14, 2014

  • Trail plan holds potential Plans to create the 24-mile Kickapoo Trail from Vermilion County’s Kickapoo State Park west to Urbana received a real — well, kick — forward recently when Illinois officials announced they had reached a deal to purchased a key piece of land.More mone

    August 10, 2014

  • Thanks to Quaker Oats Today marked the final Breakfast in the Park for the summer. Sponsored by Quaker Oats through its manufacturing facility in Danville, the program provided a free, healthy breakfast to children regardless of their economic status.The free breakfast ha

    August 8, 2014

  • Help support conservation The Vermilion County Conservation District invites area residents to enjoy its annual fundraiser, Cheeserburgers and Fun, coming up Saturday at Kennekuk County Park west of Danville. The day will be full of music, food and entertainment. Proceeds go

    August 6, 2014

  • Be a part of the solution Several Danville neighborhoods — along with those in Champaign, Urbana, Chicago and other cities — know the sound of gunfire all too well. Just last week, Danville police investigated another shooting incident.Rightly so, many people speak out agains

    August 3, 2014

  • Georgetown's fair a good one Saturday kicks off one of the largest events of the summer, as the Georgetown Fair begins. The eight-day fair always attracts big crowds with its variety of attractions.The fair board members work all year putting together a top-notch event. This yea

    August 1, 2014

  • Put full focus on driving Illinois motorists, thanks to a recent state law, should not use a hand-held mobile device such as a cell phone while they drive. However, anyone who has even casually watched traffic pass by knows many drivers ignore the law.Distracted driving can c

    July 27, 2014

  • Two extremes in job market The local employment scene seems a bit schizophrenic lately. Local officials point to a large number of job openings in the area, but at the same time the Danville Metropolitan Statistical Area recorded the highest unemployment rate in June of all 12

    July 25, 2014

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