Newspapers are timeless, relevant

Newspapers, in the traditional print format and in the digital versions, represent the human experience chronicle. For centuries, newspapers have detailed – with great, some or no accuracy – the events as they unfolded. They are the true history books.

Today’s technology has provided the platform to incredible timeliness and speed of what is “news.” The communications networks supporting the Internet, smart phones and social media spreads information snippets from anywhere in the world in seconds.

Newspapers, however, operate in a more deliberate realm. More time is taken to verify, develop, investigate and “fact-check” articles. Some electronic media, too, operate in this realm … they employ news gathering resources to verify, develop, investigate and “fact-check” as well. Legitimate news media and many Internet sites make it possible for secondary-source online “publishers” and “bloggers” to exist.

This online news and information source was begun to be a local resource for the Columbia micro-marketplace – Columbia and the surrounding communities of Wrightsville, Marietta, Washington Boro and Mountville. It was developed to be a news and information source supported by community journalism. We invite the writings, photographs, opinions of people who work, live, play and visit this area.

We read “hold-it-in-your-hands” newspapers and digital ones each day. There are so many topical news items that we have decided to list several of them today; we will cite the sources and provide links in some cases in case you want to read more.

The incredible critical incidents in Japan show that the unthinkable has become possible. Smoke, fires spark new havoc, tactics at ground zero. Time running out to avoid nuclear incident. Death toll rises. 10,000 treated for radiation exposure. What is fueling Japan’s nuclear disaster?

Articles of interest from Intelligencer Journal/New Era (March 17). Mountville student, Holly D. Workman participates in Senior Instrumental Competition. PSEA says OK to teachers ’ freezes. Collapse of consumer confidence indicator (column on editorial page). Paintball vandalism in Marietta. Higher costs for food will get worse. Letters to the editor from a Marietta man and a letter about “how strict codes can save lives” from Lincoln Fire Chief (and Lancaster County Emergency Management Agency director), Randy Gockley.

On the topic of codes and fire safety. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has just released its report on the tragic Charleston Sofa Fire. This 2007 fire resulted in the deaths of nine firefighters. To read the NIST release on this report, click here. The report states “the study team made 11 recommendations for enhancing building, occupant and firefighter safety nationwide.” The complete report is downloadable in two .pdf files at the site.

The rich get richer. Sometimes we wonder when enough is enough … or too much; just how much is a hospital chief worth?

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