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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  • Help keep planet clean Americans will celebrate Earth Day on Tuesday in a variety of ways, all with a focus to waste less and preserve natural resources and beauty. Vermilion County can count itself among the luckiest of counties in Illinois with its abundance of natural r

    April 20, 2014

  • Put money to better use Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn announced earlier this week the state would pass along $52 million in federal dollars to pay for various alternative transportation projects, such as bike paths and walking trails. While the money is nice, it could be put to b

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  • Make penalty a tough one An old nemisis appears to be making a comeback in Illinois, and legislators and law enforcement officials worry that the influx of heroin will leave an even deadlier wake than before. The situation is bad enough that members of the Illinois House dec

    April 13, 2014

  • A good addition for United Way United Way officials announces earlier this week the addition of a 2-1-1 phone service, which connects people in need with agencies that can offer assistance. The latest addition to the United Way's arsenal of ways to aid residents in Vermilion Count

    April 11, 2014

  • A glimmer of promise An Illinois legislator -- state Sen. Andy Manar, D-Staunton -- finally appears to recognize a growing problem in the state that his fellow lawmakers apparently choose to ignore: Illinois schools face real financial problems. Many school districts hav

    April 10, 2014

  • E-cigarettes: Use caution The latest craze sweeping the area involves an old habit -- smoking -- in a way. And like its well-know toxic predecessor, not much is known about it as it begins to become more commonplace. Electronic cigarettes -- known as E cigarettes -- provide i

    April 6, 2014

  • Gambling plan takes new turn Members of the Illinois Legislature will consider yet another version of a bill to expand gambling in the state. This one also includes a proposal to put a casino in Danville -- kind of. State Rep. Bob Rita, D-Blue Island, told The Associated Press h

    April 3, 2014

  • Time to start cleaning up As the days grow longer and the temperatures continue to rise -- hopefully -- area residents can begin to put the record-setting snowfall and cold behind them and enjoy spring. The sunny days already have melted away the 50-plus inches of snow that f

    March 28, 2014

  • Great job at NJCAA Mary Miller gym on the campus of Danville Area Community College must still echo with the cheers from last week's National Junior College Athletic Association's Men's Division II Basketball Tournament. Sixteen teams from across the country visited DA

    March 25, 2014

  • School merger is right move Residents in the Catlin and Jamaica school districts soon will have a chance to vote on a plan to merge the two districts. It's a good move for the most important people involved -- the students. A Committee of Ten, made up of representatives from bo

    March 23, 2014

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