Journalism is frequently put to a test during an election campaign. During the political skirmishes that accompany an election, articles may appear on the pages of a newspaper that prompt one side or the other to cry “partisanship.” That holds true whether the setting is national or local, such as the mayoral and trustee races now taking place in two of our villages.
When the first issue of The Hudson Independent appeared 10 years ago in February 2006, we stated that our mission was to serve our readers by providing a wide variety of information, and “by reporting the news accurately and without bias.” During the years that have followed, we believe our news coverage has been faithful to those principles, offering a comprehensive and impartial account of what is happening in our villages. Maintaining the trust of our readership is important to us as it is to every authentic newspaper.
We congratulate the Ossining Farmers’ Market on banning single-use plastic bags and encouraging shoppers to bring reusable bags. It is following the lead of several Westchester municipalities, including the city of Rye and the villages of Mamaroneck and Larchmont; many other municipalities in Westchester are investigating a similar ban. The Village of Hastings-on-Hudson went one step further and banned both disposable plastic and paper bags. And New York City is considering a regulation imposing a 10-cent fee on single use plastic and paper bags.