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County government gives beat writer Ross Schulz so much to write about, it can't ALL possibly fit in the newspaper, so we've made room here for that and whatever else he wants to blog about.

Newspapers 'cornerstone' of community

October 10, 2012 | 10:19 AM

One of the first, or at least longest-lasting, ideas taught in journalism school is the importance of the "marketplace of ideas" in this country and the free world that allows for public discourse and a voice to be heard even if it is a one-and-a-million opinion.

That one thought could change the mind of others and lead to an entirely new movement, or it could be something as simple as the best restaurant to eat in town.

The best place to share ideas in this community is through this newspaper and The Clarion News for its coverage area.

This week marks National Newspaper Week (Oct. 7 through 13), a week set aside to recognize the importance of the newspaper to our community.

This year, the national theme for the week is "Newspapers — The Cornerstone of Your Community."

That phrase rings as true in our community as any other.

The newspaper is more than a place for staff and readers to share ideas. No other place exists where Harrison Countians can receive the following information in one, easy-to-use and inexpensive package: coverage of local government units, obituaries, high school sports, social news, church and civic organization news, grocery store and other advertising, retail business sales information, election news, opinions and letters to the editor, business news and, of course, Live Wire.

Readers can save the price of their paper in coupons without much effort week in, week out.

In this day and age of social networks, there may be other avenues for news, but most of them do not have the neutral outlook of the news stories found in newspapers, thus putting the choice in the hands of the readers to determine which side to throw their support on an issue.

The First Amendment to the Constitution states that Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; and as long as newspapers are around, as watchdogs for readers, that amendment will always be true.

Ross Schulz

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