Perhaps Councilman Rory Lancman should be reading the Queens Ledger and its sister publications, along with many other weekly newspapers on a regular basis.
How fortunate we are to live in one of the few remaining free societies, with a wealth of information sources available. Sadly, most American cities, suburbs and small towns are down to one local daily or weekly newspaper.
Queens and Brooklyn residents have a number of daily newspapers to select from.
Daily newspapers have few reporters to cover local neighborhood news. As a result, daily newspapers miss significant news and political stories from local neighborhoods.
Weekly newspapers such as the Queens Ledger/Brooklyn Star and others fill the void for coverage of local community news.
I've been grateful that the Queens Ledger/Brooklyn Star has afforded me the opportunity to express my views via letters to the editor, along with others who may have different opinions on the issues of the day.
Thanks to them, an ordinary citizen like myself has the freedom to comment on the actions and legislation of various elected officials at the city, state and federal level.
Public officials are powerful with easy access to taxpayers dollars used on a regular basis to promote their views via newsletters and press releases ghost-written by staff members. Ordinary citizens like myself only have the limited ability when we can to find the time and submit a simple submission.
Residents need to continue supporting all our weekly community newspapers. Patronize their advertisers, as they provide the necessary revenues to help keep them in business Let them know you saw their ad.
This also helps keep our neighbors employed and the local economy growing.
In the marketplace of ideas, let us hope there continues to be room for everyone including the Queens ledger/Brooklyn Star and many others.