The magazine solicited reader feedback last year, and while most of the comments seem to be positive, there were some critics. To the magazine's credit, it reported some of the negatives. For example: "How could you in all intellectual integrity ignore any references to the school district's secret buyout of the Chief School Administrator?" The magazine has a defensible response: "[W]e will not address the school superintendent's buyout -- we are not investigative reporters . . . ."
Since the magazine constitutes a major piece of the marketing material that our local real estate agents use to sell Mt. Lebanon, the position that "we are not investigative reporters" limits the magazine's portrait of the town. If newcomers are relying on the magazine, it's not easy for them to appraise Mt. Lebanon realistically.
Herewith, therefore, a list of feature stories for 2008, topics that mtl magazine might engage but that are more likely to get attention at Blog-Lebo:
Demographics and culture
1. Gay and lesbian couples and families in Mt. Lebanon.
2. Racial and ethnic diversity in Mt. Lebanon: What community groups are doing to attract non-white newcomers.
3. Keeping up with Peters: Why live in Lebo when you can live in Washington County?
Money and taxes
4. The Mt. Lebanon School District: really best in the region? A realistic appraisal of educational quality.
5. Decoding the budgets: The real (and hidden) costs of running the Municipality and the School District.
6. Costs and benefits of public safety: What the citizens of Mt. Lebanon need vs. what they pay for.
7. High rent and vacant space: Office space in Uptown Mt. Lebanon.
8. School transit pollution: The environmental costs of driving your children to school every day.
9. Dogs on the run: Off the leash in Bird Park.
10. LAN parties, Rocky Horror, and other phenomena of Funky Town: The Tie-Dyed Mt. Lebanon undeground goes mainstream.
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