Relying on press releases bad for Gazette
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Most of us get current news from sources other than a newspaper today.
One thing a newspaper could do if it wanted to be a relevant service to the people is to be a little more inquisitive about press releases it publishes on its opinion page.
Take for instance the "Save Yeager" story.
In the first place, "costing 1,000 jobs"? There are 300 full-time and 1,000 part-time Air National Guard folks who call Yeager their base. If that base closed, those folks, who are enlisted in the Air Force, would be transferred to another base, wouldn't they? If they were unable to transfer, their "lost wages" would actually be reducing the armed forces budget, and saving taxes, wouldn't it?
And the next "dismaying prospect" is loss of "free" fire and rescue protection?
So that no airline would be "flying here"? How does Tri State Airport survive without an Air Guard division providing "free" fire and rescue protection? Airlines still fly in and out of Tri State, don't they?
So, no airline flying here? And raising terminal rents? For an empty terminal?
And the next "dismaying prospect" is the loss of $89 million to the local economy? That's about $70,000 per person if the 1,300 were all full-time? How many planes do they have up there to take care of anyway, six or eight? How much is that per plane? That comes out to $11,250,000 per plane if there are eight planes? How in the world does retired Adjutant General Alan Tackett come up with that $89 million? Does he have facts? (And, just wondering, does he still wear his battle fatigues every day?)
Maybe if the newspaper would do a little more in-depth reporting, instead of just copying a press release, it would see its reader count increase, if it matters.