Susan Ager retired after many years as a columnist for the Detroit Free Press and a nationally known writing coach.
The value of newspapers is that they connect people to their neighbors, the ones they’re too busy or afraid to get to know themselves.
Even Facebook is about re-connecting with friends. Good local papers introduce us each day to others we ought to know, or know about, because they are like us, or dramatically unlike us, because their stories inspire us, or caution us, or simply connect us and remind us of the human condition that we all share.
TV doesn’t do that, nor does the Internet.