Your recent editorial “Newspaper week passes quietly” caught my eye. We moved to Gardner in 2011 and immediately subscribed to the paper. I grew up in a small town in Kansas (Centralia) where my parents published the local newspaper from 1951 until 1965. I learned a trade — how to run a hot-metal linotype and all of the printing presses as well as how important the local newspaper was to small communities.
Gardner is lucky to have a newspaper still in operation. “Our View” mentioned that the other cities in the county are now gone. When I worked for the Kansas Press Association from 1993 to 1995. The Olathe Daily News was still publishing and was a vibrant newspaper. The Kansas City Star was still something that most people subscribed to or at least read. Virtual newspapers were not something that we imagined would replace them.
The editorial mentioned that The Gardner News is a dinosaur. It is the last independent, community newspaper in Johnson County. How sad. What happens if the paper folds? Don’tlook for sports results or coverage of the city council or school board. The Citizens of Gardner website consists of opinions for the most part. It is valuable in its own way, but it is not a newspaper.
The Kansas City Star no longer publishes on Saturday. Football game scores on Friday night are available on Sunday — maybe. Do you see any local coverage in the Star — really? We appear to be the only family in our three-block area that still subscribes to the Star.
Advertising drives a newspaper. Subscriptions help of course and without them, the paper will cease to exist. Pulling the legal notices from the paper by the city council was pathetic. Another source of revenue lost. If you are reading this, you probably subscribe to the paper. Rally around it before it is too late.

Barry Fitzgerald
Gardner, Kansas