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May 8, 2014

VALLEY: The J-R is in dry dock, but the Waters are fine

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — It was a little over eight years ago when I walked into the Journal-Register office on Main Street in Medina. I was there to give advertising manager Cindy McPherson a cartoon I’d drawn to use as an ad for Curvin’s Newsstand.

Then-editor Mike Regan, mistaking me for someone else, asked if I had my column ready. I told him I didn’t write columns. Without missing a beat he looked up from his desk and said, “Do you want to?”

(Bottom line: blame Mike Regan. He’s the one who started this weekly “From the Valley” thing. I just happened to be there at the “write” time.)

And now, as of May 30, the Medina Journal-Register will cease to be. The final publication will be issued and the newspaper will become a thing of the past, a mere memory.

I find that sad … but not completely for selfish reasons. (My column will still be published in the Lockport US&J.) I realize that any product is subject to the tendencies of the buying public, so be it, but I’m concerned that – not unlike a child who refuses to eat his vegetables – today’s generation doesn’t realize the value of what they are pushing aside. Maybe I’m wrong.

I won’t use this column to list why I prefer a hand-held newspaper over its electronic child. However, I will tell you that nothing burns my biff quite as much as listening to someone complain about spending less than a dollar on a newspaper and then having the nerve to complain that it is worthless garbage.

Yet, that same person, in the convenience store, will pay $1.30 for a bottle of water — yes, water — and not once say how insane it is to pay for something you can get for free. (Not to mention the $1.39 candy bar which he will devour before he gets back into his Pinto and drives off.)

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