To The Editor:
Congratulations on your 47th Anniversary issue. Queens residents once had their own daily Long Island Star Journal and Long Island Press until they went out of business in the 1960s and 1970s.
Weekly newspapers based in Queens—such as our own Queens Tribune, along with competitors such as the Courier, Gazette, Chronicle, Examiner, Times Ledger, Forum, Wave and others— 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.
In NYC and Queens, we have ongoing circulation battles among a number of daily newspapers. They face competition from other daily newspapers that have a strong presence in their own communities— such as Newsday, Staten Island Advance, Journal News, Star Ledger, Bergen Record and Herald Record— along with The New York Times, New York Post and Daily News. There are also national editions of USA Today and The Wall Street Journal and freebies such as amNewYork and Metro New York.
I continue to be grateful that the Queens Tribune, 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 Tribune and all the other weekly newspapers. They fill a valuable niche in the information highway.