Letter: Seek balance, but keep news coming
To the editor, I was among those you mentioned who were dumbfounded when receiving my Grand Forks Herald with the blank page this past Monday morning. Well, I took your advice and spent some time thinking about your editorial. Actually the questi...
To the editor,
I was among those you mentioned who were dumbfounded when receiving my Grand Forks Herald with the blank page this past Monday morning.
Well, I took your advice and spent some time thinking about your editorial. Actually the question I asked was "Why is a local paper even necessary when so much information is so readily available elsewhere?"
I pondered this specifically with the Herald, my local paper, in mind, and the conclusion I reached was that there is tremendous value in your paper. I absolutely love the fact that I can read up on the latest issues affecting this city, region, and state, written by those living here. I absolutely love that I can peruse the local sports writeups and congratulate, or console, the adults or children in my sphere who are excelling or participating. I absolutely love that I can still get a laugh or an intellectual challenge sent to me every day.
All that being said, I do have one thought. Why, in a local paper in a region that repeatedly and historically expresses conservative values at the polls do you include the USA Today supplement? Do you need to have a thicker paper? A smaller paper with just what I mentioned above would be just fine with this subscriber. All the national and world stuff I consume much faster in online media, so it is already old news when my paper comes. That and the USA Today is quite progressive in their coverage. If you insist on world and national news, why not also put in a section from the conservative perspective. There are plenty of fine sources on either side that are not over the top partisan - I've had enough alt-screech.
Balance, dear editor, balance is what this subscriber seeks. Keep up the local news, however, and I will continue to receive and welcome your product.