Senior Minister Jeff Adams, College St. Christian Church
Photo from Lacey’s College St. Christian Church website
A letter I wrote to the Nisqually Valley News (NVN) was published last week explaining who frequent NVN letter writer Jeff Adams is, questioning his motives and asking why we have not heard about this man in the newspaper.
NVN publisher/editor Graves replied,
“Jeff Adams has always been forthright with the Nisqually Valley News about his profession as a pastor and intent to someday expand his congregation to Yelm.”
A Yelm Community Blog reader wrote to me about Mr. Graves reply saying,
“How are the READERS supposed to know who he [Jeff Adams] is if neither he, nor the paper, say so. I guess they’re supposed to ‘know.'”
After all, the NVN won an investigative journalism award for a story published in 2005 due to Jeff Adams supplying the NVN with information for reporters to pursue. Mr. Adams was mentioned in the story, yet his profession and intent were mysteriously missing. Previously, the NVN published over a half dozen letters to the editor by Adams where he interjected himself into a Yelm political campaign with venom about someone he knew nothing about nor has ever met. My, oh my, is this how Christian values are being practiced by this man?
Never once has the NVN mentioned Mr. Adams title or position in the newspaper. Mr. Graves got a promotion to publisher and committed in his February 5, 2007 editorial saying “we won’t gloss over the truth to protect sources, nor will we twist it to suit our whim or agenda.” This may be his stand, yet we must rely on other newspapers and journals outside of Yelm to give us the bigger picture, in particular when important information is missing in our local paper. Searching the NVN archives for their coverage of Jeff Adams’ identity resulted in none being found. And, now we have Mr. Adams letter published 2 weeks ago stating he is “an ever-increasing-personality in Yelm,” again without identification from the NVN. And, Mr. Adams was a public speaker at a Yelm meeting last weekend. HMMM!
You can read the letter published in the NVN
I wrote about the Minister Jeff Adams of College Street Christian Church in Lacey.
The NVN never identifies Jeff Adams in their front section stories or letters, however you will find his name and position buried in the Living Section at the bottom of their October 19 Worship Guide:
“Limited space is available for Bible Studies in Yelm, the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at 7 p.m., led by Pastor Jeff Adams. Call 360-491-7372 if interested or go to www.cschristian.org .”
If this man is “an ever-increasing-personality in Yelm,” shouldn’t area citizens know all about him?
Joseph Pulitzer, the editor and publisher in whose name the most prized honor in journalism is awarded, stated in May, 1904, “Our republic and its press will rise and fall together. An able, disinterested, public-spirited press, with trained intelligence to know the right and courage to do it, can preserve that public virtue without which popular government is a sham and a mockery. A cynical, mercenary, demagogic press will produce in time a people as base as itself.”
This writer says the time has come for our local journalists to be more vigilant and steadfast in keeping the public interests in mind.