Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Resubscribe to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

It saddens me so much to see the St. Louis Post-Dispatch shrink and her reporters fired. Though the Post has not always been a truthful paper, it had been a beautiful, even glorious paper. As someone interested in fine typography, I have kept pages of the Post as perfect examples of the intergration of photography and text.

Many conservatives and libertarians hate the Post for her past liberal bias. But the Post has lately done a great job of getting out arguments in conflict with her editorial positions. Letters by David Kuneman and I published within days of each other are a good examples, as is the kind feature about Keep St. Louis Free written by Margaret Gillerman:


I find that conservatives who don't subscribe to the newsprint Post are not informed about local political battles and events. They just aren't getting the information they need in the fight for local freedom and property rights online. Perhaps they feel they have made a moral stand by cancelling their subscriptions, but really they have just reduced their local political influence. And that is not a good thing.

I hope Mayor Slay and other candidates in the upcoming mayoral race address the plight of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and propose creative ways to help keep our flagship newspaper afloat. Some folks foolishly say that St. Louis can't be a great city without a smoking ban. But I think we can all agree that St. Louis would be greatly diminished as a city by the loss of her once great and beautiful newspaper.