In the Feb. 11 edition of The Modesto Bee, I was drawn to an editing error. Jeff Jardine wrote a string of editorialized articles that covered topics ranging from a local bet on NFL teams to advertising a cancer awareness fundraiser.
In that days Local News section, Jardines writing took up 95 of the total 628 square inches appropriated to local news.
Dedicating 15 percent of a local news section to the opinion of one writer not only draws away from The Modesto Bees chance to showcase important local events, it also muddies the line between the newspapers journalism and opinion. While opinion may include news, news should not contain opinion.
Though Jardines writings do capture a sense of the local culture, I think it would better suited for the editorial or op-ed sections.