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Mike McClendon’s Minority Newspaper will be a welcome asset to the Camden-Kershaw Communities, focusing on State and National Issues

Lord Henry P. Bourgham penned this quote about newspapers: “It is well to read something and something of everything.” It is with this premise that I am elated at the recent announcement that longtime activist Mike McClendon has begun publishing a minority newspaper for the Camden-Kershaw communities. I am an avid subscriber and reader of The State, the Chronicle Independent and the Black News, but I believe a minority newspaper will be a welcome asset to the Camden-Kershaw communities, as well as focusing on statewide and national issues.

I highly respect and enjoy the timely and fair journalistic integrity of both the Chronicle Independent and the Black News. Both are excellent publications, and along with my daily reading of The State,  they usually satisfy  my daily “appetite” for local and statewide news coverage.

Over the years, I have found the Chronicle-Independent and Black News publications to be fair and balanced in regard to certain issues. I particularly enjoy the Chronicle-Independent’s coverage of community, sports, and church-related issues. Even though, I recognize what these fine publications means to the Camden-Kershaw communities, I can visualize the impact of a minority newspaper on the community as well. I am sure that Mike McClendon will approach this endeavor with the same sensitivity and fervor he has shown in other aspects of his professional life. I am certain that Mike will tap into the desired need for minorities and other citizens to have their voices heard. I am sure Mike will provide a publication that will allow other voices to express their concerns about local education issues, how the stimulus plan has impacted their lives, and their views on the effectiveness or lack thereof of the other Obama initiatives.

I look forward to enriching my “reading appetite” with the publication of a minority newspaper. It is my hope that Mike will bring to this endeavor the same openness, fairness and sensitivity he has shown in the past.

 I wish Mike well.