Depends on whether a mayor is using the articles to campaign or to correct bad
press his city has received.
The Deseret News may be on a slippery slope with this initiative. Where does public information end and propaganda or political campaigning
begin?What about citizens who disagree with what their elected
officials are doing? Will the Deseret News give them equal space in order to
present their arguments?Will this further enhance the power
exercised by an influential and powerful civic elite-business-politico complex
that sees the average taxpayer as a source of funding for its special interest
projects?Also, does this give incumbents an advantage over
challengers who do not receive free newspaper space to get their messages out?
I enjoyed this article and hope that other Mayors and public figures use this
sort of contemporary forum to engage with the community and stay connected to