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In the last three weeks, we have asked you to support community newspapers, to vote with your heart and values, and to support the local business community by recognizing and expressing your … more
In the last two weeks, we’ve used this space to ask you to vote for local papers: to become a subscriber and to support the businesses that advertise in our pages. We asked you to vote … more
It’s ironic to me, as I reel from the plethora of political messages, that it is the foundational law that makes our democracy that has the capacity to destroy it. What law? The First … more
Newspapers face another big election. It’s about them. While the United States is riveted by a most unusual presidential election, the newspaper industry is running to win the hearts, … more
There are many people who watch over the town. It starts on the town level with the town board: the elected officials who do the business of the town. These folks receive a stipend. They are our … more
The importance of the Census cannot be overstated. The demographic information that it collects determines who gets how much political power in Congress and in the states. The numbers steer more than … more
The smell of money was in the air. In December 2015, with great fanfare, Millennium Pipeline announced its Eastern System Upgrade. They boasted that they would be spending $275,000,000 on the … more
{Editor’s note: This article was originally published by The Poynter Institute and The International Fact-Checking Network and is republished here with permission. We offer this to readers as … more
Last week, we asked our Facebook followers what they thought about mail-in voting. The answer was: a lot. Mirroring a conversation happening on a national scale, many responded that mail-in voting is … more
COVID-19 brought with it considerable stress and, as the months have unfolded, more than a few points of contention. Coping with contention is difficult even when not in the midst of a public health … more
The Wild Wild Web is giving up one of its core values. The tech industry is abandoning the concept that it exists to provide a forum for all ideas, no matter how toxic. It is giving up its … more
To wear or not to wear a mask is the question. With it, we weigh whether we approve or disapprove of some outside authority telling us what to do. With it, we weigh our sense of whether we are … more
Within the journalism community, there’s outrage over the assaults our fellow journalists have endured covering the unrest in America sparked by the death of a black man, George Floyd, in … more
They say that no one can tell us what life looks like after the pandemic. It is true, but this much I know: Life after the pandemic, and during the pandemic, will have its greatest potential if we … more
There is a fork in the road to recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. One path is surrounded by protests and outrage, its direction swayed by ideology and politics—travelers are defined as “us” … more
For the River Reporter, a small, independently owned newspaper, being forced to think about the changes we face in our shifting landscape has its benefits. This is not a new situation. Industry … more
It’s obvious that this pandemic has rearranged the world. None of us saw it coming, but the immediate weight of our survival has shifted onto one group in particular: those employed at your … more
On the first Earth Day 50 years ago, citizens of all ages and political persuasions came together to make the case for protecting the air, water and other species. Virtually no one had even heard of … more
An old English proverb states that bad things come in threes. With the Spanish Flu, that was true. The first wave hit in the spring of 1918 and was generally mild. The sick experienced flu-like … more
It’s hard to describe the collective American psyche right now. The initial fear and chaos that came with the advent of COVID-19 has dissipated, leaving a vague sense of uncertainty in its … more
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