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A Letter From Our Editor
For a time, whenever the Observer would publish a story that annoyed some local tinpot power, as we do, we'd often get a certain bit of blowback.
"Why should I care what a FREE paper says?" Mr. Tinpot would sneer dismissively, as if our not collecting pocket change for our paper meant the truth inside was somehow less valuable.
That's nonsense, of course. Truth is priceless and, more important, true. "Free" is another word for "not bought and paid for," and that's how we like our newspapering.
Then ... the Internet. Silicon pirates scooped up the ad money but kept the free-news part. Sadly, reporters insist on eating, so the result here and elsewhere is what's being called a crisis in local news coverage, as in, if no one pays, who's going to sniff out all this priceless truth?
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