Our View: Advance heads off to future

Tomorrow is never certain. Especially not when it contains a newspaper deadline.

Over the past 85 years the Langley Advance has survived and often thrived through a vast amount of change. Externally, we’ve made it through Langley’s great split into City and Township, floods, train derailments, plane crashes, and even a fire that threatened the Advance office when it was downtown.

Internally, we’ve changed from subscription to free circulation, we’ve adjusted our delivery days several times, and we’ve dealt with the death of film photography and the rise of digital media.

Though we spend time looking back (see the opposite side of this page, for example) we spend as much time looking forward.

The main function of a newspaper is to tell its readers what is happening now. We chronicle the news of the day, from community events to political decisions, catastrophes to celebrations. We keep a weather eye on tomorrow, too.

The Advance has always looked to the future. The leap of faith that was the paper’s founding (Start a paper during the Depression? Really?) was a vote of confidence that Langley had a good future ahead of it. We continue to hope for the best, and to ask the questions that will illuminate the way forward.

Will we ever get a rapid transit line to Langley? What will our community look like in a generation? What is the future of the ALR, of our parks, our roads, our policing, our libraries, our schools?

We answer questions, as many as we can, and we ask new ones. After we deliver the news of the day, we hope we help people imagine the Langley that is yet to come. With our readers’ help, we’ll answer 85 more years of questions.

– M.C.



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