For John, BLUF: I, for one, am pulling for the local rag. Nothing to see here; just move along.
On page 2 of today'sThe Lowell Sun is an article datelined out of New York City, but involves us here in Lowell. On page 2 is an article about Digital First Media Group looking to sell off its media properties, which include The Denver Post, which in turn includes The Lowell Sun. The lede is:
Digital First Media, the operator of this web site and newspaper, announced Friday that it will "evaluate and consider strategic alternatives" that could lead to the sale of some or all of the company.Some may have other views, but it seems to me that the shuttering of our local newspaper would have a major impact on how news is provided, how information is disseminated. Newspapers can be very important to communities. That was the theme of the made for TV movie on the Hallmark channel last evening, The Wishing Well. Yes, we idealize (or demonize) local newspapers, but they help us understand what is going on around us. We even provide The Stars and Stripes to Service personnel and their families overseas, and it does a good job of helping folks know what is going on locally and back in the States. As I recall, in Germany, each Thursday edition listed all the Volksmarches for the weekend, an important service to Service personnel.
I, for one, hope The Lowell Sun continues to burn brightly.
Your mileage may differ.
Regards — Cliff