- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 21, 2009



I grieve for my city. We were a two-major-newspaper town. On Tuesday our oldest newspaper, the 146-year-old Seattle Post-Intelligencer, ceased publication. We may be heading for a no-major-newspaper town (“Seattle Times still standing, but for how long?” Web, Business, March 15).

Are newspapers folding a sign of a failed business model or a marker of a crisis in our culture? Consider that the Seattle Times has two pages for puzzles and comics but just one page for editorials, op-eds and letters. Increasingly, it seems that opinion columns come from Eastern syndicates rather than from local thinkers.

Public discussion is less serious when people giving reader feedback can comment anonymously, as is the policy at the Seattle Times and many other newspapers. If readers wish to express an opinion, standing behind their comments and with their real names should limit the “gotcha” submissions that are too often seen.

Are we, as a people, not interested in a civil dialogue?



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