My mother has read the local newspaper every day for decades.

My mother does not use the internet.

Christina Seiler is managing editor at The Rochester Sentinel. Her email is

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Local newspapers are also the repository of an area's local history. Internet "newspapers" can eliminate a story instantly either by accident, or in some cases intentionally, and there's no record of the event. Historical researchers use newspapers extensively. So do genealogists and others (JOURNALISTS) who need to find out what happened in the past and who it happened to. Papers that steadily reduce their news holes may be able to justify it financially, but the value of a newspaper record (of anything) goes well beyond the date on the masthead.

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