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Editorial April 15th, 2017

Welcome to this week's Editors Choice It is more than encouraging to hear back from Beagle readers of the various sections of the newspaper they enjoy and to learn how they navigate around the Beagle website. Many look first thing of a morning, over breakfast before work, focusing on the latest local news whilst others laze their way through the morning taking in the Community Pages, the Arts, Food and the Letters and Opinions. Weekenders enjoy the Sports and the What's On pages covering music and events and everyone takes time out to look at their own Town Pages, even taking a look at the Political pages to see what is happening in the Shire at a Local, State and Federal level. One marked area that has seen a spike of followers is The Beagle Letters and Opinions. Along with being an online free community driven newspaper The Beagle also exists to open up Council for public inspection and scrutiny to ensure it is as transparent as Council claim it to be. The bulk of the Beagle Letters and Opinions place a spotlight on Eurobodalla Council, Councillors and Council senior staff. This forum is the first time Eurobodalla Council has been drawn into the media spotlight to this extent and major cracks are beginning to appear in how the Council is run and how it has been run to date revealing that the community at large (and also often Councillors) have been intentionally left in the dark on matters of significant community importance. Many of the contributors to the Letters forum are very well informed and researched. They have a wealth of history and a vast knowledge which now finally has an vehicle, by way of the Beagle, to be shared. In coming months there will be much revealed via these letters. While ex-mayor Brown would like ratepayers to forget history and move on much remains within the chambers of Eurobodalla Council that has carried over from the last Council term and there are many in the community committed to reminding new Councillors of this unfinished business. If you have an interest in local politics you might enjoy reading the Letters and Opinions and meeting contributors like the Grandmas, Damo, Allan, Jeff and Fenir as they make their observations and references to characters such as Spud Point, The Doorman, Constable Constable, The Green Man, The Feather Duster, The Cowboy, Prince Valiant, The Jackle and The Mayor. Until next Lei

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