Newspaper Subscribers and Local News in the Digital Age

There was in time when the local newspapers were the primary source of information about what’s going on in the world, but that has all changed thanks to the advent of the Internet in the digital age. Today, the amount of people who get their local, national and world news from the Internet is rivaling the amount who get information from newspapers.

Still, there are certain types of news that local newspapers do a much better job of covering than their online counterparts. Small-town events, police reports, obituaries and many other local-focused news events still get much better coverage from smaller printed newspapers, and these types of news items often aren’t printed in online versions.

Even if you are a die-hard advocate of printed newspapers, however, you should still consider using digital sources as well to keep up with national events, politics, sports and world news While a newspaper costs money, many websites offer free news that only costs the click of a button. And blogs, online journals and personal news websites offer thousands of different personal editorial views of issues that you might find interesting.

The same sort of advice goes for people who exclusively get their news from Internet sources, as well: try subscribing to a local print newspaper to get more information about events and news that is going on in your community or city. There’s a lot that you probably miss by only getting your news online, and you might be pleasantly surprised by what you’ll find in a local newspaper.

“Let all men know how empty and worthless is the power of kings,” Canute said, “for there is none worthy of the name, but He whom heaven, earth and sea obey by eternal laws.

Over the weekend I found two articles about the problems with the Massachusetts health care system.

Because Obamacare was modeled after the Massachusetts plan, the failures in Massachusetts are a harbinger of things to come. I particularly like the second article, partly because I like Samuelson, and partly because he agrees with me (I think he reads my blog).

If you have read my prior posts, there is nothing new in these reports. The Massachusetts plan, which includes an Obama-like insurance mandate, has increased the number of insured, mainly among healthy young adults. However, it has also resulted in crowded emergency rooms, increased waits, and higher costs. Strong lobbying efforts have blocked politicians from cutting fees paid to doctors and hospitals. Increasing costs have resulted in higher insurance premiums which small companies can no longer afford, leading to patients being dumped into the state system. The state, already in the throes of a recession, must cope with these increased costs.

The government is attempting to limit insurance premiums by fiat, but in the end can only prevail in the short term, and will ultimately be unsuccessful. Eventually single-payer/government takeover will be the only alternative, which I will discuss later. The outline of events is very similar to the scenario I have previously outlined for Obamacare.

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