If you have been following the impeachment process, almost certainly it hasn’t been in the pages of Th e Facts. There is no grand conspiracy theory for that; it’s all about the priorities we set as a community newspaper.

It would go too far to say we don’t care about a president being impeached; regardless of the politics involved, it is a historic event. It’s just we care about many, many other things more.

For instance, in space we could have devoted to news about the impeachment proceedings, we put stories about the accused Santa Fe High School shooter being sent to a state mental hospital and 70 inches worth of community calendar information about upcoming events, photos about food drives at Northside Elementary and Angleton Christian schools and 37 local students finishing fast-track courses to get well-paying jobs in the area.

We haven’t completely gone without impeachment coverage, but it has been minimal and tied to the biggest of events. That isn’t going to change.

In my almost 18 years at The Facts, I have emphasized many times how local coverage is what will be given priority in our pages. One of my go-to phrases is people can put us in the same category as The New York Times when the Old Gray Lady starts covering Lake Jackson City Council meetings.

It’s also true that, in this particular impeachment process, there is no middle ground in the discussion of its merits. When one side would forgive the president if he shot up a school and the other would investigate him for bribery if he gave a dollar for a candy bar to a first-grader, no approach to coverage will be considered fair.

And that is a pathetic testament to the state of American politics.

HISTORY LESSON

Looking back to the last time we impeached a president, I was in North Central Ohio as the assistant managing editor of a community newspaper when Congress passed the articles of impeachment and put Bill Clinton on trial. Our approach back then wasn’t much different than the course we’re taking at The Facts.

Until the actual articles of impeachment were passed, the story didn’t sniff the front page. Even throughout much of the Senate trial, we bumped its coverage to inside pages and reserved the front page for items about local school district news, economic development projects and other things our readers were not going to find anywhere else. Clinton’s acquittal made the front page — at the very bottom.

There is one major difference on a personal level. Twenty years ago, I would be glued to the cable news channels watching the Clinton proceedings. This time, beyond generalities, I couldn’t say much about the case against President Donald Trump. So little of the discussion I have seen involves things that can be considered facts, it is a waste of time to tune in.

America deserves better, but it is living in the political outhouse it has spent most of my adult life building.

YOUR TOWN

We hope the introduction of the Your Town pages several weeks back is meeting with readers’ approval. The intent is to provide another avenue to highlight the goodness of local residents and put the spotlight on community events that might escape news coverage.

Anyone who would like to highlight activities by their church, school, nonprofit organization, civic group or just people being neighborly is encouraged to send us photos and information at community@thefacts.com or through our Facebook page. Please be sure to include as much information as possible.

We have dedicated Your Town pages to run three times each week. On Tuesdays, we focus on Brazosport and the coastal communities; Thursday’s page is for West of the Brazos; and every Friday will spotlight Angleton, Danbury and Rosharon.

Michael Morris is managing editor of The Facts. Contact him at 979-237-0144 or michael.morris@thefacts.com, or follow him on Twitter @factsmichael1.

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Bulldog

It doesn't need coverage. Anyone with a brain knows it's just another democrat political stunt.

pnwp

Thank you for focusing on local news. I would rather read about events that occur in our area. Let other media cover the biased political circus.

PJBM626

The articles you have printed are from corrupt sources spewing same old dem talking points by a biased media

There has been zero balanced reporting by your paper.

The Horowitz article was the common theme on dem biased talk shows and other media outlets

Hearing Horowitz testify, your article looks bad for the facts. It flat looks like deception and lies

natives5

So now Byron York is corrupt? When someone doesn’t agree with you it doesn’t make them corrupt. You look bad when you preach about the so-called deception and lies by The Facts, Mr. Morris, and all media yet you support one of the biggest liars in history. trump lied about something as simple as where his father was born; his tryst’s with prom stars; he deceived many with his fake university; and so on and so on. Not a good look PB&J.

PJBM626

Of course you love the articles in this paper . They are all dem talking points. Zero balance

Kavanagh, Russian Hoax , soon to be Impeachment vote all pro dem talking points

What’s sad it’s makes this paper look biased, untruthful and deceiving their subscribers

Whether it’s on purpose or they don’t get their sources are corrupt and biased

Kavanagh and Russian Hoax articles have blown up due to all found to be wrong

Impeachment will do the same .

Don’t even talk of truth if you support dems Hitler type kangaroo court shutting our Repubs rights breaking past protocol

It’s sad you dems are ok with this 3rd world type hearing

Let’s not talk about lies, we will have to bring in Obama

natives5

What’s sad is you can’t come up with a fact or an original point. Talking points are worthless but at least you are consistent in the hate and lies you spread. Go ahead and start listing President Obama’s lies and I guarantee they won’t equate to even a tenth of your boys lies.

PJBM626

You can keep your Doctor. You can keep your plan. You will save 2500 a year. Congress knew about Iran payofff!!! . If Syria chooses red line, they will pay!!!

PJBM626

Quit trashing Obama's accomplishments. He has done more than any other President before him. Here is a list of his impressive accomplishments:

1. First President to be photographed smoking a joint.

2. First President to apply for college aid as a foreign student, then deny he was a foreigner.

3. First President to have a social security number from a state he has never lived in.

4. First President to preside over a cut to the credit-rating of the United States.

5. First President to violate the War Powers Act.

6. First President to be held in contempt of court for illegally obstructing oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.

7. First President to require all Americans to purchase a product from a third party.

8. First President to spend a trillion dollars on "shovel-ready" jobs when there was no such thing as "shovel-ready" jobs.

9. First President to abrogate bankruptcy law to turn over control of companies to his union supporters.

10. First President to by-pass Congress and implement the Dream Act through executive fiat.

11. First President to order a secret amnesty program that stopped the deportation of illegal immigrants across the U.S., including those with criminal convictions.

12. First President to demand a company hand-over $20 billion to one of his political appointees.

13. First President to tell a CEO of a major corporation (Chrysler) to resign.

14. First President to terminate America’s ability to put a man in space.

15. First President to cancel the National Day of Prayer and to say that America is no longer a Christian nation.

16. First President to have a law signed by an auto-pen without being present.

17. First President to arbitrarily declare an existing law unconstitutional and refuse to enforce it.

18. First President to threaten insurance companies if they publicly spoke out on the reasons for their rate increases.

19. First President to tell a major manufacturing company in which state it is allowed to locate a factory.

20. First President to file lawsuits against the states he swore an oath to protect (AZ, WI, OH, IN).

21. First President to withdraw an existing coal permit that had been properly issued years ago.

22. First President to actively try to bankrupt an American industry (coal).

23. First President to fire an inspector general of AmeriCorps for catching one of his friends in a corruption case.

24. First President to appoint 45 czars to replace elected officials in his office.

25. First President to surround himself with radical left wing anarchists.

26. First President to golf more than 150 separate times in his five years in office.

27. First President to hide his birth, medical, educational and travel records.

28. First President to win a Nobel Peace Prize for doing NOTHING to earn it.

29. First President to go on multiple "global apology tours" and concurrent "insult our friends" tours.

30. First President to go on over 17 lavish vacations, in addition to date nights and Wednesday evening White House parties for his friends paid for by the taxpayers.

31. First President to have personal servants (taxpayer funded) for his wife.

32. First President to keep a dog trainer on retainer for $102,000 a year at taxpayer expense.

33. First President to fly in a personal trainer from Chicago at least once a week at taxpayer expense.

34. First President to repeat the Quran and tell us the early morning call of the Azan (Islamic call to worship) is the most beautiful sound on earth.

35. First President to side with a foreign nation over one of the American 50 states (Mexico vs Arizona).

36. First President to tell the military men and women that they should pay for their own private insurance because they "volunteered to go to war and knew the consequences."

37. Then he was the First President to tell the members of the military that THEY were UNPATRIOTIC for balking at the last suggestion.

I feel much better now. I had been under the impression he hadn't been doing ANYTHING... Such an accomplished individual... in the eyes of the ignorant maybe.!.

natives5

Yawn...more lies and conspiracies. Simple, unbiased research will show you how wrong you are. Again you keep repeating the lies and conspiracy theories or change the facts to meet your lie. I pity you; truly. Must be hard to be so angry that a black man was a better President than the current white one.

Bulldog

Wow. Never knew you were a racist

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