For newspaper, it’s a matter of respect
As we approach the two-year anniversary of the "new" Mirror newspaper, it is fitting to consider the past 12 months and look to the future.
On Sept. 8, 1999, the first edition of The Mirror, under the ownership of a Lawrence-based company, rolled off the presses. It was a new look for the newspaper, which was founded on May 4, 1882. (Back in 1882, by the way, a one-year subscription was 50 cents.)
But the design and the use of color photographs wasn't all that was new.
A commitment to strong journalism and high ethics was made at the same time.
That meant and still means today that The Mirror stands for integrity in reporting on the day-to-day activities of residents in Tonganoxie and Leavenworth County.
It means that The Mirror will not take sides in its news reporting. It means that The Mirror's news staff will not be swayed by one side or another in an argument. It means that each week The Mirror will attempt to deliver the best-possible news package to its readers and try harder the next week to do the same.
As a longtime editor of a northeast Kansas newspaper once said, "I don't care if they like us, but they should respect us."
So it is with those words in mind that members of The Mirror staff work each week to tell readers about the latest developments in their corner of the world.
And it is with those words in mind that the staff will continue to do its work in the years to come.
That is the newspaper's true and lasting commitment.