The Plight of the Local Newspaper

I sent the text of my new year’s day blog as a letter to the editor of our local paper, but they haven’t printed it even though they’ve printed letters sent after mine, including ones from distant locations.

Local and regional newspapers are vital to a healthy democracy, but that requires that the newspapers themselves are healthy — morally and financially. That’s not always easy for management fearful of being accused of being biased. In some cases, their editors may think it’s best to avoid sensitive issues, like whether American democracy will survive for another year.