Between the investigative reporting that wins prizes and the fluff that fills too much newshole today at under-staffed papers, there are still local stories that matter. Butch Ward writes about a Wichita Eagle story by Dion Lefler about thieves stealing a car that its owner, Cleet McGhee, used to get to cialysis. Lefler interviewed Cleet at his motel, photographed him and saw the security video that recorded the car theft. He also talked with police before writing the story. Done in a day. Then good things started happening -- donations, offers of rides and ultimately a new car for Cleet. "Journalists covered a lot of important stories this week," Ward writes. "The bombing attacks on ISIS. The domestic violence crisis in sports. The spread of Ebola. But back in June, Dion Lefler covered an important story, too: the theft of Cleet McGhee’s car. That, I am again reminded, is why journalism matters. That’s why, when they’re reviewing the applications of all those journalists who are reapplying for their jobs, I wish Cleet McGhee had a vote."