Publisher's Note — McQuaid's War & Other

McQuaid’s War on Noise

Union Leader publisher Joe McQuaid is on a crusade against loud music, motorcycles and other annoying sounds.

His paper went so far as to poll readers on this problem. And actually McQuaid is right. Sound is a bigger and bigger problem in urban, suburban and rural areas. It’s not just loud motorcycles or car stereos, but airplanes, highway traffic, sirens and lawn equipment. Manchester aldermen have responded as aldermen typically respond when they aren’t up for reelection, by not responding at all. And that’s a shame.

The city actually once had a proposal for a noise ordinance put together by a group of volunteers that addressed all noise concerns. I was against it because it had noise curfews and I feared it would get in the way of public events, like Hippo’s summer film series, baseball games, and festivals, like Glendi. However, with some changes the proposal might be able to allow some noise at events, like Glendi and the baseball stadium, and still keep a lid on loud stereos and motorcycles. It’s worth another look, even though the aldermen aren’t up for reelection.

Other media news

It looks like another newspaper will be joining our ranks in September. The Telegraph is launching a free teen publication called 168 Magazine, for the number of hours, I guess, you can party in a week.

The Telegraph joins a number of corporate newspaper chains (The Telegraph is owned by a Pennsylvania company that also handles Muzak for the East Coast and owns a number of newspapers) that have launched free papers aimed at the youth market.

While I haven’t seen a copy, the scuttlebutt is that it will be available in Lowell, Manchester and Nashua.

It won’t, however, have a lot of local journalism, which is a shame. Teens deserve to know about local goings-on so they can make informed decisions (some of them can vote).

The Telegraph’s teen publication doesn’t even have any reporters, and the editor is expected to work with advertisers, according to ads run in the Telegraph’s help wanted section. That is really bad news for the separation between news and advertising. Teens deserve better journalism.

Even The Union Leader, which catches some flack for its very conservative viewpoints, doesn’t mix advertising and editorial on a regular basis—nor does the Telegraph. So why is it OK for the Telegraph to mix advertising and editorial in this teen publication? Hopefully, they’ll come to their senses and not sell news like it’s an ad.

—Jody Reese


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