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Newspapers bring communities together

Years ago, long before I wrote my first story for a newspaper, I wanted to become a paleontologist. Like many children, I was fascinated with dinosaurs and wanted to learn all I could about them.

However, it didn’t take me too long to figure out that jobs for paleontologists were few and far between. At the time, being a newspaper reporter was a better option. It was the heyday for reporters, coming on the heels of the Watergate scandal. And with a name like Bernstein, it seemed like a natural.

I never imagined that being part of a newspaper could also make me a paleontologist, holding on to the past.

There have been rumblings for years about how newspapers will become extinct. I hope that’s something I never experience.

Granted there have been many changes, reduced readership, fewer ads and lots of newspaper reporters and editors put out of work.

Large, metropolitan papers are struggling. No one can deny that. And the future of smaller papers is rocky, too.

But we are holding on — for now.

This week is National Newspaper Week, a time to honor the important role newspapers play in our community.

More than just something to wrap dishes in when moving or to line the bottom of a bird cage, newspapers are the lifeblood of every city where they are published.

Community newspapers, such as the Boulder City Review, play a major part in their respective communities. They inform residents about what is going on in the cities they live in.

They enlighten people about subjects they might otherwise never hear about, and offer thought-provoking commentary about important issues.

They are the heart and soul of communities. They help connect residents. They share stories about the people who make each town a special place to live.

And sometimes, they tell the difficult stories, or keep an eye on the politicians to make sure they are doing their jobs.

For newspapers not to go the way of the dinosaur it is important for the communities to support them, as well. That means reading, subscribing and advertising.

Working for a newspaper has taken me on many adventures, most of which I have shared with people I have never met but am connected to through these pages.

This spirit of camaraderie is what will help newspapers survive. They are our past as well as our future. It’s a new adventure I’m eager to take. Won’t you join me?

No parade passes us by

The start of a new year is always a big deal for me. But it’s not the fireworks or parties that I look forward to as one year melds into another.

Change marks past year

As I look back at the past 361 days, there is one thing throughout 2017 that has been constant: change.

‘Twas the baking before Christmas

Last year, many readers commented how much they enjoyed my column about holiday baking and requested that I make this an annual tradition. With apologies to Clement Clarke Moore, here it is:

Feminism dominates 2017

Earlier this week, Merriam-Webster, a leading authority on language, declared “feminism” as 2017’s word of the year.

Santa’s arrival heralds magical time

I have come to the conclusion that there truly is something magical about Santa’s red suit. It can turn back time.

Sample sights, sounds, tastes of holidays

Now that you have enjoyed your Thanksgiving dinner, shopped all the Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday sales, and polished off the leftovers, it’s time to let the holiday celebration begin in earnest.

Reasons to be thankful plentiful

Since our paper comes out each Thursday and Thanksgiving falls on the fourth Thursday of the month, it seems natural to take this opportunity to give thanks for all the blessings that have come my way — and the way of this staff — over the past 365 days.

Time too precious to squander

It’s been said that time and tide wait for no man.

Time brings steps in right direction

It’s been said that time flies when you’re having fun. I’ve also heard that time passes much more quickly the older you get.