I am very saddened by the death of journalist Gwen Ifill. Due to that grief I want to state how much we owe to local newspapers for the health of our democracy. They did not fail us in the present election. They and Gwen Ifill were there for us. Fox News, MSNBC, CNN and their ilk are entitled to their space. They play a role in the democratic process. Who failed us are those who had the opportunity but did not vote.
The Herald is an excellent newspaper. Reading it or other comparable media are very important to being informed. Ms. Ifill and her evening hour of news on PBS supplemented this print media. Sitting down whenever one can find the time in the day to read a newspaper in order to be informed about the day’s events is critical to the democratic process. It can be in paper or electronic format. Doing that and listening to Ms. Ifill in the evening to sum it all up, for me that was very comforting. I will miss her very much.