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Letters July 25, 2013  RSS feed

Reader Applauds Our Next Milestone

Dear Editor:

Congratulations on celebrating your 105th anniversary! You remind me how fortunate we are to live in one of the few remaining free societies, with a wealth of information sources available. Sadly, most American cities, suburbs and small towns are down to one local daily or weekly newspaper.

Newspapers and magazines have to deal with increasing costs for newsprint, delivery and distribution along with reduced advertising revenues and declining readership due to competition from the Internet and other new information sources.

Queens and Brooklyn residents have a number of daily newspapers to select from, including the New York Daily News, New York Post, The New York Times, Newsday, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal and along with freebies such as AM New York and Metro New York. Decades ago we had our own daily Brooklyn Eagle, Long Island Star Journal and Long Island Press.

Daily newspapers concentrate on international, Washington, Albany, City Hall, business and sports stories. They have few reporters assigned to cover local neighborhood news stories. These reporters have to compete against colleagues for limited available print space. As a result, daily newspapers miss significant news and political stories from local Queens and Brooklyn neighborhoods.

Weekly newspapers such as our own Times Newsweekly/Ridgewood Times and others fill the void for coverage of local community news. Residents of Queens and Brooklyn depending upon your local neighborhood have many weekly papers to select from.

I've been grateful all this time that the Times Newsweekly has afforded me the opportunity to express my views via letters to the editor along with others who may have different opinions on the issues of the day. Thanks to you, an ordinary citizen like myself has the freedom to comment on the actions and legislation of various elected officials at the city, state and federal level.

Public officials are powerful with easy access to taxpayers dollars used on a regular basis to promote their views. This is done via mass mailings of newsletters, news releases, letters to the editor and guest opinion page columns. In many cases, they are produced or ghost written by campaign or office staffers paid for by taxpayers on public time. Ordinary citizens like myself only have the limited ability when we can to find the time and just submit a simple submission.

Local neighbors need to continuing supporting all our weekly community newspapers. Patronize their advertisers; they provide the necessary revenues to help keep them in business. Let them know you saw their ad. This helps keep our neighbors employed and the local economy growing.

In the marketplace of ideas, let us hope there continues to be room for everyone including the Times Newsweekly and many others.

Larry Penner
Great Neck

Editor’s note: Next week, the Times Newsweekly—established and first published on Aug. 1, 1908 as the Ridgewood Times—will begin its 105th year of service to the community. We thank Mr. Penner and all of our readers for your continued support and loyalty over the years.

Letters from readers are invited and should be sent by regular mail to Times Newsweekly, P.O. Box 860299, Ridgewood, N.Y. 11386- 0299 or by e-mail to info@times newsweekly.com. All letters must be accompanied by the writer’s full name and address, which will be withheld upon request. Anonymous letters will not be considered for publication. All letters are subject to editing. The opinions expressed in each letter are not necessarily those of the Times Newsweekly or its staff.