In response to Jim Hightower's Dec. 5 op-ed: While lamenting the elimination of local newspapers he fails to realize that Americans have more access to local and national news than ever before. The internet and social media have actually increased the sources of local and national news. No longer are communities bound to one or two publications that control reporting. While I understand the lamenting and mourning of many old-school "newspaper men," it's now an outdated media form. Many newspapers are dying a slow (and sometimes not-so-slow) death due to their failure to make the changes necessitated by the market. These changes, while bad for long-standing news institutions, have greatly benefited the consumer, which is the reason it has happened in the first place. Criticize the ownership groups of these newspapers all you want, but the consumer will always reign supreme in a market-based economy, and I can't think of a better means of living.
— Ted Breitenstein
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