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October 8, 2018

I realize this is “preaching to the choir,” since most reading this are subscribers to The New Mexican. However, when I go to larger cities, I invariably buy the local paper to see what is going on. Trips to New Orleans, Tucson, Ariz., and Jacksonville, Fla., are recent examples.

In New Mexico, we are accustomed to being ranked 49th or 50th in a lot of things, but we can be proud of The New Mexican. I find that newspapers serving metro areas five or 10 times as large as ours are not nearly as good as our hometown paper in terms of solid content, investigative reporting, advertising, opinion section, even comics.

It’s pathetic the extent to which newspapers elsewhere have slashed newsroom employment and local content. They just regurgitate newswire copy and police radio calls.

Two recent local stories, just in one issue, illustrate the importance of having a vibrant, healthy local newspaper. One was on the animal shelter’s questionable financial activities (“ ‘Due diligence,’ then turmoil,” Sept. 23), and the other questioned where DWI checkpoints were being set up (“South side sees majority of city’s DWI checkpoints,” Sept. 23). If there were no New Mexican, or it became just another robo-newspaper, where would we learn about political hijinks, local school performance, issues pertaining to local law enforcement and other such topics? Who would spend pages on a proposed truck stop or reorganization of city government or the scores of other important local stories The New Mexican has covered just recently? The answer is, no one.

Subscribe. It is not that expensive, and you will help keep this city, and an informed democracy within it, alive and well.

Jim Lodes lives in Santa Fe.

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