Published on Sept 3, 2006 Bohol Standard
With this issue, the Bohol Standard celebrates its second year of existence as a community newspaper in the service of the Boholano community.
It may not mean much to those who cannot help but compare the Standard with those who came very much earlier. The comparison would be unfair because to do so would be like pitting an adult with a child. It is unfair to the child in the sense that it still has a lot to learn. It is also unfair to the adult that has proven a lot.
In its very brief existence, the Standard has faced challenges that other papers will never face. Challenges are normal events in the lives of people and organizations so they should not come as a surprise.
However, any challenge that comes from within is naturally disappointing and sad. A house divided in itself is not expected to stand long. The Standard would have preferred other challenges, but this is one challenge that has to be dealt with.
There are challenges on other fronts. We have been the butt of jokes, ridicules and insults. Of course, that is not entirely unexpected. Newcomers have to prove themselves to put that behind them.
The Standard however is proving that it intends to stay. Contrary to the belief of critics who thought it would fold up when confronted by problems, it has managed to survive.
It does not intend to compete with the older newspapers. That was clear since the start. The Standard only intends to present another view to readers in presenting the news and through the opinions of its writers. This is the reason why the Standard refuses to dignify quarrels and controversies, because it believes that there are enough existing conflicts.
Many people like to read and listen to gossip and conflict but the Standard tries to stay away from them. It is not for the trouble-makers and the quarrelsome because this would violate the Standard’s policy.
This policy has been noticed by many readers. A growing number of them go for the Standard because they do not want any more trouble and conflict. This is the path that the Standard would like to walk.
As it moves into its third year, the Standard continues to look forward. The challenges of the past should not prevent it from going forward. The lessons remain but they should not keep the paper from moving on.
In its search for its own place under the sun, the Standard needs all the patronage, encouragement and even criticism of the people who want it to grow. They are the reasons why the Standard is looking forward.