Column: Supporting local media has become patriotic

Often, we ask ourselves, “how can I make a difference? I am only one person and one person really hasn’t much of a voice in government.”

Nothing could be further from the truth. When a local media company folds, studies have shown the cost of local government increases 30% within 4-5 years, civic pride diminishes, voting numbers drop, economic vitality declines and volunteering fades away. This is a unique opportunity that allows just a few voices to make a dramatic impact in the future of your local community.

What can I do now? That is very simple, reach out by phone to your Federal House and Senate representatives and ask them to support this critical piece of legislation. Follow that up with a letter. Let them know how important local media is to your community. Then share this column with your family, friends and neighbors, your city leaders, your Chamber of Commerce and/or Main Street organizations and encourage them to do the same.

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