Print newspapers are still the primary way that tens of millions of Americans receive information about their communities and the world. They are also the way that many people find out about job opportunities. While we assume that everyone has an internet connection, the fact is that many areas of the country have limited or no internet service. According to the Federal Communications Commission, nearly 40 percent of Americans living in rural areas lack access to fixed broadband internet. Without their local newspapers providing the information and job listings they need, they would be at an extreme disadvantage.
Former Ville Platte Gazette editor, Paul Kedinger, once described a community’s newspaper as “history-in-the-making.” He said it was “a recorder of the present, a critical examiner of the past, and
Americans went to the polls Tuesday, and I had a first hand view of this part of the democratic process as I was once again working as an election commissioner at the Lincoln Road Fire Station.
It probably is no secret from reading several of my past columns that I have been going to silent Jesuit retreats in Grand Coteau for the past several years.
If there is anything that I have learned over my 15 months here at The Ville Platte Gazette, it is that the best columns allow the readers to get a glimpse into the lives of the writer to get to kn