There's an article by Lisa Philip in the Howard County Times today about the recent dispute at the Board of Education. I wrote about that here. Ms. Philip's article is definitely worth your time. It is thorough and well laid-out, and even includes some input from comments on social media.
It is also a reminder how important a healthy news organization is in Howard County.
I truly believe that a free and independent press is crucial to any democracy. But, when it comes down to it, we have to find a way for that to be economically feasible. It wasn't until rather recently that I moved from thinking, "I can't afford that" to "I can't afford not to subscribe". For a long time my attitude was unconsciously based on a notion that the newspaper would keep on existing whether I paid money for it or not.
Just assuming the news will be there, rather like water running out of the tap, is a reckless assumption these days. And since I believe in the importance of the press as a public good, then I have a responsibility to support it. Should our local newspaper have fundraising drives like NPR? Would you donate to get the tote-bag?
Would a community band together to support a local newspaper? I'd like to believe that we would.