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Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Want to help locally? Support your local newspaper.

Posted Saturday, June 8, 2019, at 10:10 AM
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    I have supported the T-G since moving here over 15 years ago. Currently my subscription is online, but they mail the actual paper, fewer times a week than they used to deliver. I hope they stay solvent and in business. But it does kinda look like they may be starting to circle the drain. Need to save money causes them to cut production and delivery service. What are people gonna do getting fewer papers with day old news? Some will no doubt drop their subscription thereby decreasing revenue. What's next? Cut another day and have us pick it up at the office? I, for one, will keep my subscription. I frequently don't read the real paper anyway, especially now. But being able to participate in your blogs is worth the subscription price to me.

    Lots of small town papers are going the same direction. Part of it is because it's so easy to get instant news from TV and the net. And everyone knows if is on the internet or social media, it must be true. 🤔 Well, at least as true as what you find on the Collusion News Network, the Failing New York Times, and the rest of the MSM that think we will swallow any bit of bovine scatology they want to shove down our throats. Actually, they are right about a large portion of the country right now. This is one of the contributing factors to the dumbing down of America.

    Like you say, getting the news is not a God given right. But shouldn't it be a government given right? Doesn't the Constitution guarantee a free press? If sleepy uncle joe and the rest of the bums want to make me pay for someone else's free abortion, can't they make them pay for my free news? Just food for thought. Actually, if non-Constitutional rights can be given by forcing someone else to pay, surely Constitutional rights(such as A2) should be given, so I want the loons to give me some guns. It is my right!

    -- Posted by fair share on Sat, Jun 8, 2019, at 2:09 PM
  • Keep in mind that I have NO inside information. I am just seeing what everyone sees and have been in the paper and printing industry since the 80's. Paper companies and large printers are closing or consolidating to survive

    Years ago plastic took a lot of the paper applications and people touted it as saving the trees. Now they are saying save the wildlife and sea creatures by eliminating plastic bags.

    It is sometimes tough to keep score but I guarantee that eliminating print is NOT a solution. When we see examples every day of how vulnerable the electronic age is to tampering or disruption, it is dangerous to not support the printed word.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Jun 8, 2019, at 4:56 PM
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    I agree. But they do seem to be going the way of the landline phone. I think they won't go extinct for a long, long time but you'll have to look to find them before long.

    -- Posted by fair share on Sat, Jun 8, 2019, at 6:01 PM
  • When is the last time you read something on Facebook that was not heavily laden with opinion rather than facts? Good news journalism tries to weed out the emotions and opinions that are so prevalent elsewhere and when opinion is printed, it is clearly labelled as just that.

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    Newspapers are just as biased as social media.

    Lots of "news" is spin and opinion. Lots of news doesn't get printed for political or personal reasons.

    You did say good journalism... but how often do we see that?

    -- Posted by quietmike on Sat, Jun 8, 2019, at 8:24 PM
  • I have found it more in small, home-town newspapers than large city papers who have developed an "attitude" like the major political parties that they know best. I am trying to withhold naming one particular party, but.... it is hard.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Jun 8, 2019, at 8:55 PM
  • I do have a question about the hometown paper: How come I cannot open it on the internet, except in Canada and the US? When I am overseas it simply does not open. All the other websites I use open wherever I am.

    -- Posted by lazarus on Tue, Jun 25, 2019, at 1:33 AM
  • Interesting question. When I was in Beijing it was probably news censorship but if you will send me the countries in an email, I will do research.

    One of the T-G folk who oversee this might answer first, but it is worth an answer. Thanks.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Jun 25, 2019, at 6:18 AM
  • Sweden, France, Denmark, and Belgium this time. I have started checking everyplace now, out of curiosity. I doubt any of them are censoring the internet. China and Russia do for sure. I figured John Carney would know the answer.

    -- Posted by lazarus on Thu, Jun 27, 2019, at 1:49 PM
    Response by John Carney, Editor, Shelbyville Times-Gazette:
    I am afraid this is intentional. We've had the question come up before. This is how the webmasters at our parent company in Missouri have all of the websites set up -- domestic traffic only. There's nothing I can do about it. I have not heard the exact rationale, but I suspect it's some sort of security measure. I know it's not convenient for world travelers or ex-pats.
  • Thank you, John. At least they left Canada on!

    -- Posted by lazarus on Fri, Jun 28, 2019, at 9:17 AM
  • Thanks John.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Jun 28, 2019, at 10:10 AM
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