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Letter: Hard copy

Benjamin Franklin thought that newspapers are crucial to maintaining a functional democracy.

I think they are fundamental also, and with the advent of the Internet, people have access to more newspapers (online) than ever before.

However, since I can’t light my wood stove with a website, thank you, Recorder, for the um ... for, um ... and distributing the paper! Very important stuff!

From what I’ve read, the Internet is a confusing welter of conflicting views, so I am appreciative of a team of journalists sorting the wheat from the chaff on my behalf. (For only a few dollars a week!) Congrats on your award!

Readers, don’t neglect to tip carriers! They rise while we are still sleeping to bring us our news and paper. They are the unsung heroes of our ongoing American Revolution!

Hey, wait a minute, didn’t Benjamin invent the modern wood stove? Perhaps Mr. Franklin counted the number of papers he could sell as a necessary adjunct to his hearth and home-warming device? Shrew business that, Franklin, very shrewd!

MICHAEL D. JOYCE

Wendell

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