The newspaper industry is retrenching.


Sun Media announced last week that it was closing 11 newspapers and eliminating another 350 jobs.


Seems to me it’s another chicken and egg scenario. The newspaper chains have been cutting editorial people for years. The quality of the product falls, then sales drop and they say they have to cut more editorial staff. The chains should try the opposite tack and improve their products. They might be surprised.




Our competition down the street, also owned by Sun Media, has become a free newspaper. I don’t know why, because now advertisers will have no idea how many people actually read the product. When people pay for their newspaper, they likely intend to read it.


You’ll still have to buy The Independent to get the best news and sports in the Kincardine area.




Since weeklies and dailies are slowly disappearing, the question should be asked: What is the role of a newspaper in a community?


The idea is to make money, of course, but a good newspaper also provides a public service. It tells you what’s going on in your community, expresses opinion and provides a public forum.


Fortunately, most of the things that happen in this community and most small communities are positive.

And when you don’t like the news or an opinion, you can write a letter to the editor as a few have done this week.


The Independent is better than most community newspapers, but we are always trying to improve.

Good product or not, the experts say digital devices will run newspapers into oblivion. We’ll see.



Dailies are a different story when it comes to news.


I get the Toronto Star and after a while you begin to believe Toronto must be a hellish place.  That’s because there is no shortage of shocking news when your coverage area is 3 million or more. (Toronto is actually a vibrant city and we enjoy visiting it.)


Another problem with the big dailies is that they take quite a slant on many of their stories. The Star looks at things from the left, the Toronto Sun from the right. I guess the truth is somewhere in between, maybe in The Globe and Mail, which I also read.



Many people in Kincardine are living in a fantasy world when it comes to their dogs.


A reader who always walks his dog with a leash says many in town believe their dogs are obedient enough not to need a leash while walking.


Facts don’t bear that one out.


The reader also says that some of those unleashed beasts use Connaught and other parks as run and play and excretion zones.


Maybe they don’t know there is a dog park on Bruce Avenue.


Finally, an increasing number of dogs now march in the Saturday night pipe band parades; maybe the band should hold two parades, one for dogs and their leash holders, and one for everyone else.


I guess there are still dog issues.




A bouquet to the Rotary Club for Summer Fun in Park held on Saturday in Victoria Park. It was something the whole family could enjoy on a beautiful day.