I agree the newspaper business has a rich and colorful past. I also agree with the editorial (“Public notices must remain a fixture of newspapers” March 19). Everyone can afford the price of a newspaper; the price of a computer is unaffordable for many. And many do not know that their library can give them this online computer information and it usually is free.

Working for the San Diego Union-Tribune in the circulation department as a telephone operator over 13 years, I loved every moment of it. From the time a supervisor wrote “The World Series has been canceled!” on our bulletin board — which no one believed at the time - to the calls from customers, “Once again that paperboy destroyed my roses!” to “Thank the carrier for delivering the paper to my door!” to “I will not pay for any newspaper tossed up on my roof” to the supervisor who talked for hours to a person wanting to commit suicide - the police got there in time - to the district manager who caught a robber at a 7-Eleven - it was all in a day’s work.

The events of the world came to you and you, the newspaper, then inform the world.

A course in the Newspaper Institute of America taught me about the voice a newspaper has, how it informs the world of what is going on, the good, the bad and sometimes, the absolutely hilarious.

News, whatever it is, it must be the truth. Lying is stupid and wrong, and in decent newspapers it simply isn’t done. While the world has changed since those words were written, the truth is what people want to hear.

Newspapers are not dead. Too many people, with their first cup of coffee, want a paper in their hands; a computer just doesn’t make it, or any of those other gadgets. Folding that newspaper under their arm, finishing that cup of coffee, stepping into their car or boarding that bus, the world is now ready to be faced.

Mary Lord is a resident of Wilsonville.

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