Sunday begins a week dear to our hearts. We will celebrate it mostly by just doing what we do.
National Newspaper Week is Oct. 3-9. You will see reminders placed here and there throughout the paper, perhaps in the form of advertisements we call “house ads,” but certainly on this page, where a couple of columns will publish about our business and the times in which we struggle.
We ask only that you take a moment or two next week to ponder the role of the newspaper in your community, whether that is The Advocate-Messenger, a larger daily or the weekly in your small town. We ask that you ponder as well the role of a free press and consider what your life might be like without it.
The people who work for newspapers, whether they sell ads or write stories, solicit subscriptions or operate the press, are members of the communities their newspapers cover. They take pride in the role their product plays in a free society, even though it sometimes is an unpopular one.