It’s a Matter of Opinion

Helping your hometown newspaper

   What is the reason for a small-town newspaper? Why publish it when technology gives people all the news information they could want with just a click or a tap? Why? Because a small-town newspaper is about you, about your community, and you won’t find that anywhere else in the world.

By Lori Kesinger

   A community is a group of people residing in a specific place sharing government and common interests and responsibilities. Hopefully for the betterment of everyone involved.

   A community newspaper is much the same. It’s here to give you information that matters most to the community. Everything from a team winning a game to local government; babies, weddings and birthdays; events and meetings. Even sharing tragedies and triumphs, so that together we can either cry or rejoice.

   Unfortunately, there seems to be a general consensus that the people working at the newspaper know practically everything that goes on in the community, but it’s not true. We often don’t know what is going on unless someone tells us. Quite often no one does. We can’t report news we know nothing about. So, that’s where you come in. We need your help. Maybe just like you need the newspaper. How else can you or we find out what is going on?

   The news you may have to share probably won’t be shared by anyone else. If by chance we do get the same news item or tip from more than one person, that’s okay. If you confidentially want to relay information or talk about community matters, we are more than willing to do that.

   We do ask for understanding as we use discretion on news items. We try not to be biased, to slander or to carry out personal vendettas. Sometimes we can’t print your news for one reason or another. It’s not because we don’t care or think it isn’t important. You can know we took your news item or tip into great consideration.

   Furthermore, if your news item doesn’t appear within the week you gave it, we may need more time to gather information or there simply wasn’t room that week. Newspaper size is dependent on a ratio of column space to advertising.

   Do we sometimes make mistakes? Yes. We are real people behind the scenes, simply neighbors and friends trying to help a community stay informed as best we know how.

   Helping neighbors, volunteering, sharing and working for the common good are all part of a great community. Communication is the key to making it happen.

  So why not give it a try, send us a news tip, submit your own news, write a letter to the editor, ask a question, etc. What is important to you is important to us and just might be important to your neighbor.

   You can submit your news or tips by stopping at the Fallon County Times Office at 115 S. Main Street in Baker, calling 406-778-3344, emailing:, or contacting the reporter directly at 406-941-2932, or