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Community newspapers provide essential service

Posted: Thursday, Feb 6th, 2014

Once in a while, a reporter might hear about this or that, something that someone thinks should have been in the paper. And sometimes they’re right. But community newspapers serve the needs of nearly every sector of the towns and cities we live in.

Even though many citizens believe they are “in the know” concerning what happens around our towns, many are still surprised when certain subjects hit the newsstands and they find there actually were things going on they knew nothing about.

The Uinta County Herald is not simply a place for advertisers to promote their goods or services. Although that is one role of community newspapers, but a place where citizens can stay abreast of current events they may not have heard about through word of mouth.

Sometimes the articles appearing in the pages of this newspaper don’t make us many friends because many of the stories we run rub people the wrong way or expose something that seems critically wrong within our government or other agencies.

Sometimes the stories we tell, after checking our facts of course, do make people feel they are a part of a whole, a part of a community. We touch on the problems but we also focus on the good that happens every day, all around us. It’s important to know that good things are happening in our community just as it is equally important to know if something is going wrong and we should be paying attention to our safety or our legal rights and privileges.

If there are fundraisers for worthwhile programs such as the Boys and Girls Club or the new EGCOOP Community Garden, we need to know there are fellow citizens trying to make a positive difference in our community. It could be something as simple as a free concert being put on within the city that our families would enjoy, or it may be as complex as trying to give the youth of the community something healthy and better to do than wander the streets in boredom.

If there are crimes being committed that we may find affecting our neighborhoods, the newspaper is an invaluable source of information. Our community needs to know what’s going on in the electoral process. Citizens need to be aware of legislation that our lawmakers intend to pass. And your community newspaper is the best source for such information.

We may all, at one time or another, find fault or praise for our local newspaper but the real point is, this is our newspaper and it tells us a very high percentage of the things we need to know to stay connected to and be a positive part of our community.

For the complete article see the 02-07-2014 issue.

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