“The basis of our governments being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right; and were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.”
From its original hand-cranked press, I believe that the “news without views” mantra that The Daily News was founded upon is the reason she has 175 years of recorded history today.
Local newspapers are an invaluable resource for communities. Our founders understood the importance of educating our citizenry and a transparent government. As the mayor of Galveston, I personally can appreciate this sentiment.
For 175 years, The Daily News has covered the governing body of Galveston while standing independent of political parties. They have been a voice to the inner workings at city hall and an opportunity for citizens to become engaged. She can be credited with inspiring political careers, public movements to support or protest, and a driver for voters to fulfill their civic duty.
She is honest in her coverage, and the integrity with which The Daily News has enjoyed for 175 years can be directly tied to her success. She is a historian, a storyteller and a record keeper of times that we’ve gotten it right, and times when we’ve gotten it wrong.
The community of Galveston is blessed to have a local paper that has withstood the test of time and managed to reinvent itself along the way to keep current with the trends. As Jefferson so eloquently stated, I would prefer to have newspapers without a government, rather than government without newspapers.
I would like to personally thank The Daily News for 175 years of service to this community; here’s to the next 175!