2008-10-01 / Editorials

Hails Queens Papers

To The Editor:

"Daily Papers Once Flourished in Queens" (Jason Katzman—August 27) was a great trip down memory lane of newspaper history. Queens residents once had both their own daily Long Island Star Journal and Long Island Press until they went out of business in the 60s and 70s. Brooklyn residents once had their own daily, the Brooklyn Eagle, until its demise in the late 50s.

Weekly newspapers based in Queens such as our own Queens Gazette, along with competitors such as the Queens Courier, Queens Tribune, Queens Chronicle, Queens Examiner, Queens Times and the Queens Times Ledger provide more in-depth coverage of local news not found in the remaining major daily newspapers.

We continue to be fortunate to live in one of the few remaining free societies, with a wealth of information sources available. Sadly, most American cities and suburbs are down to one local daily or weekly newspaper. Newspapers have to deal with increasing costs for newsprint, delivery and distribution along with reduced advertising revenues and declining readership.

Queens residents can select from the Times, News, Post, Newsday, Sun, AM, New York and Metro New York, and the national editions of USA Today and the Wall Street Journal. There are also all news radio stations and televised national network news as well [as] local and independent news broadcasts. The Internet is great for late-breaking stories.

The growing immigrant populations support their own newspapers, radio and television stations.

I continue to be grateful that the Queens Gazette, along with other daily and weekly newspapers, affords me an opportunity to express my views, as well as differing opinions. Thanks to you, ordinary citizens have the freedom to comment on the actions and legislation of elected officials. Public officials use taxpayers' dollars to promote their views, via mass mailings of newsletters, news releases, letters to the editor and guest opinion page columns. In many cases, they are produced or written by campaign or office staffers who are paid for by taxpayers. The rest of us have limited time to submit a letter. In the marketplace of ideas, let us hope there continues to be room for everyone, including the Queens Gazette and all the other weekly newspapers. They fill a valuable niche in the information highway. Sincerely, Larry Penner Great Neck Via e-mail

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