During a recent vacation, it was nice to check out our paper from a news reader's perspective. It was a nice reminder of the quality product we work to put out.
I had to do a double-take when I saw one story in our paper last week that cable provider Charter Communications was trying to change its arrangement with the city of Grandview.
The notion of Charter being in Grandview without actually maintaining an office there sounded familiar to me as just a few years ago Charter was doing the same thing with subscribers living in Cle Elum and South Cle Elum.
I was a reporter for the paper there at the time, and I remember some community members raised a ruckus when Charter provided a toll-free number to talk to someone in Longview (southwest Washington) instead of having a local representative.
Last I remember-it's been almost three years now-there were threats in South Cle Elum of trying to pull Charter's franchise. I'm not sure if that ever happened, but it provided renewed angst for those members of the community already unhappy with the TV service Charter provided.
It was heartening to read Grandview Councilman Mike Bren raise a question about Charter's move, and I hope more will follow his lead.
Here's also hoping that City Attorney Jack Maxwell will find a change of heart and find the Charter issue worth pursuing on behalf of Grandview's citizens.