Jeremiah O’Toole, Mullumbimby
Since moving to the Byron Shire some 15 years ago one of the many things I liked was the great independent local paper, your Byron Shire Echo. However, in the last few months my go-to local newspaper is the Byron Shire News (BSN), which in the past was a paper, if I read it at all, was a quick flick through before discarding it and The Echo was a savoured read.
The change has been brought about by The Echo’s continued, and I believe unfair, vendetta against the Byron Shire Council and their councillors, particularly the Greens councillors.
Although no group is perfect and not beyond criticism The Echo’s continued railing against the Byron Council and Greens councillors seems very unfair. At the moment and for the last while I am enjoying the BSN’s more positive and factual reporting.
As the area is full of green progressive alternative community members which I believe The Echo has also been for most of my time in the Shire, it would be nice think that your paper could bury the hatchet and once again become a green, progressive, alternative, supportive, enjoyable read.
I believe the mayor and Councillors to be good hardworking community members who deserve our support with the occasional constructive, not full-time, critique.