Letter: Environmental protest deserved coverage

Graphic by Lori Deaton

[On] Saturday, (April 29), there was a big gathering of people at Pack Square to support clean air and water and protest weakening of environmental standards. The exact number of people is unknown, but there appeared to be hundreds. Several speakers made presentations. Afterward, the people peacefully paraded through town. Taking care of our planet is really important to lots of us.

Yet there has been no mention of this protest in the local paper, nor have I run across it on the local TV news. I know there is an element in our area which hopes to eliminate the voices of the people. Yet I would have thought the news media would acknowledge such a large gathering.

― Norma Warren

Editor’s response: The gathering you describe was newsworthy, and Mountain Xpress was able to report briefly on the protest march in an online post (http://avl.mx/3p6) published April 29, the day of the event. But the reality is that Mountain Xpress — and virtually all other media outlets today — are able to cover only a fraction of what needs coverage.


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