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January 12, 2009

Star strengthens KC community

There has been much debate over the decline in newspaper reading and the decline in social capital. I feel that The Star helps promote social capital in its extensive coverage of local news. The Star is also a marvelous supporter of all of the artistic activities going on around town. By providing information you help the public build social capital, and we can live more happily as a community.

My family receives and reads your newspaper. We feel that reading it keeps us much more educated and aware of the community around us.

Community is so important during this time, and I just wanted to say thank you for all of the work that you put in to your newspaper.

Julia Boyes
Leawood

Comments

viet-vet1970

Julia wrote ... "The Star is also a marvelous supporter of all of the artistic activities ..."

Julia, the Star dumped its classical music/dance writer last year, which is the opposite of supporting the arts. And listing arts happenings in a calendar does not make up for all the non-coverage of arts in the Star.

Stifled Freedom

I think Star reporters have gotten a little too complacent with the status quo of local govt.

I had the reporter you stays in Columbia MO during the legislative season tell me "Oh legislators pass regulations all the time that they dont read" WHAT? If that is standard practice then its irresponsible. He say nothing wrong with it. I said that is a huge problem and a story worth covering. They did't. Then we wonder why polticians slip amendments into bills and trick thier follow colleages.

mianotkia

And how long have you worked for the Falling Star Julia?

Marctnts

"I feel that The Star helps promote social capital in its extensive coverage of local news."

Pretty much the same way that local blogs and other local news sources do, right?

Newspapers saw their hay-day in the 1960's through the 1990's, when readership exploded along with the budgets and sizes of most newsrooms. This era is over, ushered in by the availability of news on the internet. Those typical news organizations that survive will do so by learning to how to operate in the new digital world, and will do so in a much smaller size than they once were.

 
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