Don’t close the casket and bury local newspapers, not yet. Contrary to the naysayers of doom and gloom, readers want, need and love their local newspapers.

I urge readers of every local newspaper in every U.S. state, city and town to write a letter of support for their local newspaper. Dust off your duff and email a letter to your local editor.

Stories in newspapers connect neighbors: past, present and future.

Take some time out of your hurry-scurry day and communicate with your newspaper people. They need to know you care.

What else can you do? Pay for a subscription to your local newspaper. The staff and their families need to eat at least once a day.

Melissa Martin, Wheelersburg, Ohio

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