Good day to those who bought this newspaper. I don’t know why you personally buy and read the newspaper, but I encourage you to go further and encourage your friends and family to do the same. Perhaps you could pass on your copy for a short time while enticing them to purchase their own subscription.

I moved to this area 17 years ago from the Green Bay area, so my wife and I also receive a limited subscription to the Green Bay newspaper. I eat a rather light breakfast, but I linger over my coffee. The perfect time to read my papers. And as those of you who know me know, I am not young and therefore I am “enjoy” some of the old people things. Like using a nebulizer for COPD. If you’re my age, you know what I meant by the word enjoy. Anyway, those of you who know me also know that I am always on the lookout for the silver lining in anything or any situation. In this case. by using the nebulizer, I have a little more time to read my journals. I actually read them. You know, all those stories you’re tempted to gloss over at first. I have found that some dedicated people work very hard to find information and then present it to me. I also found it to be, for the most part, factual and informative and maybe even stuff I can use right away. Either way, I can then reflect on what they presented and decide if it relates to me or my life.

For me, newspapers have been part of America since the very beginning, and they still are. I have also found that newspapers in general are much more honest than several other forms of media, including television, radio, and the Internet. Now, I’m not talking about all media. But some of them are quite remote. Perhaps newspaper editors are more responsible in presenting the truth than the editorial staff of these alternative media. When they even have an editor.

Now that I’ve talked about it, let me end with another thought. When you hear or see something about these newspaper alternatives and feel angry or inflamed, if you feel “someone” takes something from you or if you suddenly realize you are a victim, ask the source. Seek the truth. Seek and you will find. And a good starting point is the newspaper. Check the title of the first page. Does it say the same ridiculous thing you were spoon-fed by the talking head on TV, the voice on the radio, or the headline on the webpage? I did not mean it. Do you see why we need newspapers?

Donald Lisson

Florence, Wis.

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