Weatherford Democrat

November 21, 2013

KELLY: Why you should read your local paper


Weatherford Democrat

— By WILLIAM J. KELLY

Why should I subscribe to a local daily newspaper and pay that daily, weekly, monthly or yearly fee when I can pull up the e-copy on the Internet?

Why should I read about all the social events taking place in our community, the many sporting events which involve our children of all ages, the church related events, and most of all the political decisions being made which involve our tax money and our freedoms?

Why should I read about the many terroristic acts taking place in our country and all over the world in countries we never heard of before?

Why should I read the newspaper when I can turn on the radio or TV news programs and get the evening news from a well known newscaster?  

Do you, who fit into the above “whys,” think you are good citizens of this great country when you do not know what is being made law by our local state and federal lawmakers?

I have asked many people who do not subscribe to any newspaper or publication dealing in current events which affect their daily lives what they do read. The majority replied that they either read nothing or go to the Internet e-copy.

It was just a one-question poll. Not very scientific, I know, but what does the answer tell us? It tells us that we are dealing with a very uninformed citizenry.

The advantages of reading a newspaper:

First: The paper provides both local and world news, plus the opinions of columnists, opinions of people who write letters to the editor and the opinions of the editor.

The nice thing about this is that you can add your personal opinion to the mix and decide for yourself what opinions you agree or disagree with, keep your original opinion or change it because of additional information from the newspaper about the subject.

Second: Reading a newspaper gives the reader many options. The reader can go back and reread an article to be sure he or she understands its meaning. The paper can be kept and read days later, or the article, news event or pictures can be cut out and placed in a scrapbook of yearly news events. I have a copy of the San Francisco paper printed the day of the San Francisco earthquake with commentary and many photos of the damage, which was kept by my wife’s grandmother.

Third: As a reader goes through his local newspaper, he or she will, if only reading the small subject headlines of the many news events of the day, will gain some knowledge. For example, “Bank held up,” “Voters approve tax for street repairs” or “Thanksgiving dinner recipes.” These items may or may not be of interest to each reader, but will be of great interest to some.

Fourth: Most people are interested in engagements and weddings, births, the comics or the community calendar of events. The public schools have events scheduled around the seasons of the year as does the community college. Everyone should read the comics. The better ones are based on real life happenings and make you laugh and relax your tired body after a hard day.

And how about those Ann Landers type articles? Read those and you might find out that you are sane, thank goodness.

Fifth: A small local newspaper is very important to a community. It will keep the people up on local government activities and provides residents with community happenings and local sporting events.

I believe that most families living in a small community, in this case Weatherford, should subscribe to the local newspaper. The paper might be small, but it is big for what it gives our community.

What do you think?

Have a happy and wonderful Thanksgiving!

William J. Kelly is a Weatherford resident and regular contributor to Viewpoints.