When the Metro Spirit opened its doors 25 years ago, Augusta was an entirely different place.
When it came to the news, Augusta was a rip-and-read company town, and what the daily published each morning was spread across the airwaves for the rest of the day.
For many, the daily alone decided what was news and what wasn’t.
One paper and one editorial board set the agenda.
But then in walked the The Metropolitan Spirit. Of course, we shortened our name to Metro Spirit when typewriters came into vogue.
Before long, Augusta started hearing about things the daily wasn’t covering. Or it started hearing about the things the daily was covering, but from a different perspective.
Finally, Augusta had an alternative. And because it takes two sides to have a conversation, Augusta actually had something to talk about.
For a quarter of a century, one of the most talked about aspects of the paper has been The Insider column.
The column has evolved through the years, from being the voice of one to one of many.
The Insider is anonymous for a reason.
People need an opportunity to say what’s on their minds, point out corruption within the city, address a problem or call public officials out without fear of retribution.
Without the protection of sources, we would be left with the facts as they present themselves on the surface.
The Metro Spirit will take that heat, the threats and the criticism.
We can take it.
We have for 25 years and counting.