Do you believe

everything you

read in the


Jim Mitchell doesn't.

He's a journalist and the

publisher and editor of a

community newspaper,

The Sentinel.

He gave up a career with big media because he couldn't justify their choice of what to cover, couldn't tolerate the way they edited his stories and would not be implicit in misleading the public to benefit some hidden corporate agenda.

When he bought The Sentinel he thought all that would end. Being owner of "the local rag" he could select the stories, edit the copy and make sure the interests of the community were served.

He would print the truth - no slant, no bias, no spin, and he'd make a living doing it.

He was wrong.

Right from the beginning Jim's brand of reportage rankles some powerful people, people who pay his bills.  Then there's the new competitor, a multinational media conglomerate that's expanding its generic community newspaper format into The Sentinel's market area.

Soon it's a struggle for The Sentinel to make a profit and for Jim to keep true to his uncompromising ethic.

When his best friend, Anthony Bravaro decides to run for mayor Jim's hopeful for the first time he'll see an honest politician.

Hope turns to dismay as Jim watches the quest for power turn a good man bad. Tony's campaign tests Jim's professional objectivity and personal integrity.

When Jim confronts him with damaging information that could end his run for public office he finds out how far Tony's prepared to go to win the mayor's seat - farther than he ever could have imagined.

The Local Rag

Release date: October 1, 2016

Rod Raglin is an author, journalist, photographer and a keen environmentalist living on the west coast of Canada. He's been editor and publisherof The REVUE Newspaper for over 35 years and has six novels and one play self-published.

Mountains don't care if you live

or you die, but friends do. Don't they?

When you rope up you put your life in the hands of your climbing partner. But what if you've just ruined his?

End of the Rope  A PLAY IN FOUR ACTS

Now available in paperback and as an e-book at




FOREST - Love, Loss, Legend

THE BIG PICTURE - A Camera, A Young Woman, An Uncompromising Ethic

His Environmental Fiction series, ECO-WARRIORS includes

NOT WONDER MORE - Mad Maggie and the Mystery of the Ancients 

SAVING SPIRIT BEAR - What Price Success?

LOVING THE TERRORIST - Beyond Eagleridge Bluffs 

HARRY'S TRUTH - A Play in One Act

END OF THE ROPE - A Play in Four Acts

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