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LETTER: Hey Sprawl — please follow your own manifesto

Don’t just preach to the choir.

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Hi Sprawl,

I feel like I should start this with something like: long-time supporter, first-time emailer. I really love the work you all do, particularly with municipal issues. The Green Line articles and podcasts were really insightful particularly for someone that hadn’t followed that project before this year.

I am feeling like the articles related to Alberta politics don’t follow the manifesto laid out by The Sprawl that I really valued when I started as a supporter. Almost all the articles seem to be pretty much editorials that have a tone that wants to just preach to the choir. I want to support journalism that isn’t just the same (but opposite political views) as the editorials I see in the Herald or the Sun and honestly some of them feel that way.

I just read the article written by Taylor Lambert about health care and I really appreciated the information that was provided that gave context to Kenney’s history in wanting to reform health care with for-profit businesses, but the tone seemed to be cynical instead of constructive.

The Alberta articles seem to be more click-bait than when The Sprawl started and not displaying the depth that I have come to expect from your work.

I am not a journalist and I respect that I don’t know all the nuances of how journalism works but I don’t want The Sprawl to become a group of people in an echo chamber.

Please don’t read this as advocating for bringing in voices that are plain wrong or as a criticism of your journalism. I really love your work and I am proud to support you all. Thank you for listening to my concerns and providing your supporters the ability to provide feedback like this.

Lesley Mitchell
Calgary, AB

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