Last Saturday as I was walking out of the supermarket, I was offered a free newspaper. It wasn’t totally free, I had to listen to a sales pitch on what a great deal a newspaper subscription is. After the frustration and sadness I felt the day before with the Rocky Mountain News closing, his pitch landed on very sympathetic ears. I handed over my credit card number without a great deal of reservation. The first issue of the Salt Lake Tribune was on my drive way this morning.
I love the tactile feel of newsprint. I love the compactness of so much relevant and timely information. I read about questionable contributions to my local senator’s charity by pharmaceutical companies. Nothing illegal, but questionable. I understand that reporting (no, not reporting… investigating) like this took time. It took someone with contacts, someone with experience. It wasn’t done by a blogger, that’s for sure. I’m reminded of a recent David Horsey cartoon depicting President Obama trying to hold a press conference with a bunch of bloggers, facebookers, etc. I don’t want to trust the important task of reporting to a bunch of part-timer (full disclosure, I am one of these!) bloggers. I hate hyperbolic statements, but I hope we understand the fourth establishment is in trouble and if there isn’t anyone with the deep resources to keep investigating and reporting what’s happening in our cities, states and our Union… well, I worry about that day.
I’m enjoying reading my newspaper. It’s a solid product that serves a great benefit to my community. I urge all of my Daily Cartoonist readers, if you don’t already subscribe to your local paper, please call them up and buy a stake – think of it as a share – in your community’s and nation’s future.