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Newspapers are reliable, community treasures

Never has there been more information available at our fingertips.

Given a computer and an internet connection, anyone can access, read and even produce their own material for the whole world to view.

Amid that sea of growing and oftentimes contradictory information, we have our steadfast local newspapers.

Historically, print media in the United States — most of which was local and regional — has been the reliable lifeline of how we’ve communicated events and happenings dating back to pre-Revolutionary War era.

Local journalists, editors and publishers have humbly been “on the beat” to provide us with the “daily rag” for centuries.

Now I fear we’re at risk of losing them due to our own abandonment. Too many people seem to be resourcing the internet — and worse, its social media subsets — for their source of news and happenings.

While I’m a user of social media and regularly access long-form podcasts for some deep dives into particular subject matter, I do not confuse the rants and blogs of social media as news. Never have, never will.

Suffice it to say, always consider the source of any information before adopting it into your pool of personal “knowledge.”

My point? We need to consider doubling down on our support of local print media. We need to think about what our world would look like without a local newspaper.

Where will you go to find about local happenings? Sporting events? Notices of social, community and faith events? Tributary reads of obituaries and memorialized events and people? Tell me. Where?

Step back and think. Then act. If you don’t subscribe, do so. If you have the resources to advertise, do so. In all practicality, the loss of any local newspaper is largely a non-reversible event.

“Daily Rags” — intended as a term of endearment — are community treasures, and we should step up to assure their survival.

Jim Foreman

Duncansville

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