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On the Appleton Post-Crescent

Sent to the Appleton Post-Crescent on March 25, 2008.

Letter at 354 Words

Over the past several months of reading the Post-Crescent, I have developed a great longing inside me… a longing for in-depth news and a longing for informed debate. I fear that what was once a great newspaper has become a soulless rag at times fit only for lining bird cages.

Newspapers, as their name implies, should have news. And for many years that is what we received — substantial stories from the Fox Cities and also around the world. To be informed citizens in this ever-shrinking world, we need reliable information on events from around the globe. Instead of the news I crave (aside from the short, vague paragraphs in the Community section and well-written updates on business openings and closings) I get fed local gossip and an opinion section filled with religious bickering. We haven’t even had a solid editorial since Tom Richards retired.

I admire and respect Robert Meyer, but nothing he writes will convince me his god is the one true deity. Likewise, I find it unlikely that Robert Nordlander will persuade Kurt Williamsen that theism is illogical. Yet, for the past few months the letters page has been an endless debate on God and the power of prayer. The back-and-forth has all been a waste — a rehash of the same old arguments from the same old people. Religious talk is fine, but what does it accomplish? Where is the discussion of “news” — events that shape our lives — and a constructive collaboration of community input?

I could hold on to the hope that the retirement of Captain Favrelous will mean we can get daily updates on things that actually matter. But as Michael MacDonald would tell me, that’s what a fool believes.

As the Post-Crescent is our leading community news source, I will continue to support it through thick and thin (literally). But I am disheartened by the paper’s increasing emaciation, and despair that to find news of any substance I have to turn to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel or, dare I say it, a McPaper like USA Today. Appleton is not an island. Please, Post-Crescent, put the news back in newspaper.

Edited to 299 Words for Publication

Over the past several months, I have developed a great longing inside me for in-depth news and informed debate. I fear that what was once a great newspaper has become a soulless rag at times fit only for lining bird cages.

Newspapers, as their name implies, should have news. For many years that is what we received — substantial stories from the Fox Cities and also around the world. To be informed citizens in this ever-shrinking world, we need reliable information on events from around the globe. Instead of the news I crave (aside from short, vague paragraphs of world events and well-written updates on business openings) I get local gossip and an opinion section filled with religious bickering. There hasn’t been a solid editorial since Tom Richards retired.

I admire Robert Meyer, but nothing will convince me his god is the one true deity. Likewise, Robert Nordlander will never persuade Kurt Williamsen that theism is illogical. Yet, for the past few months the letters page has been an endless debate on God and the power of prayer. The back-and-forth has all been a wasted rehash of the same old arguments from the same old people. Religious talk is fine but accomplishes nothing. Where is the discussion of events that shape our lives and a constructive collaboration of community input?

I could hope that the retirement of Captain Favrelous means we’ll get updates on issues that matter. But as Michael MacDonald says, that’s what a fool believes.

As this is our leading community news source, I will continue to support the paper through thick and thin (literally). But I am disheartened by the paper’s increasing emaciation, and despair that to find substantial news I have to turn to non-local outlets. Appleton is not an island. Please put the news back in newspaper.

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One Response to “On the Appleton Post-Crescent”

  1. aluguel projetor Says:

    good article, i will add my feeds.

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