As a Mountain Xpress reader for almost a decade, I want to commend you for improvements that I have seen in your publication. In style, design and organization, the paper has vastly improved; in content, it has become more appealing.
However, I have to echo recent criticism of the Xpress regarding the Valentine's issue being 100-percent white and 100-percent heterosexual. Then there was the wedding issue, which was the same, except for a single gay-male couple.
Then there was Edgy Mama: I respect and appreciate Anne Fitten Glenn as a writer, and as a fellow mom, blogger and community member, but I found this week's column to be in poor taste: There is a lot of privilege inherent in her comments — regarding tax breaks for (straight) married couples, the hiring of cleaning "help," and marriage as a means of legitimizing children who otherwise would be considered "bastards" — even for a light-hearted humor column.
As a publication with a stated mission to "honor diversity, build community, and strengthen democracy," I think Mountain Xpress can do better to recognize its journalistic obligation to represent more than one demographic.
— Jodi Rhoden
The editors respond: We agree that we can do a better job of reflecting the full diversity of our community, and we'll strive to do so.