The Morning Paper

February 12, 2020

An On-Line Publication of the Anonymous Anything Society  


   May God preserve the remnant survivors of the nation’s great crusading newspapers, including the only daily newspaper in Tucson, now actually printed on a press located in Phoenix.

   It must have taken a firm of bean counters months to decide what changes were necessary to survive. Many great metropolitan newspapers did not and died.

   Television won the media battle and that’s just business.  

   Radio survived. In fact, if you sweep across either AM or FM frequencies, it is apparent that it has thrived. That’s because it takes so few people, perhaps only one disk jockey, who interrupts a flow of music that is automated so that the sequence of songs and commercials is determined prior to his or her shift.

   The d.j is there to talk about time, temperature, the weather and roadway conditions.

   The Star has shrunk to the size of a handbill on many weekdays, but still is the only medium that strives and is capable of doing extensive reporting on important issues that affect all of us.

six-cylinder_press.jpg   For whatever reason one wishes to give, only the Arizona Daily Star is capable and willing to spend scads of money on great important investigative pieces, in depth, on local and national issues that surely affect all of us.

   Although I spent 36 enjoyable and rewarding years in broadcasting, and loved every second of it, I begin every breakfast with coffee and the Star. If it is not in my driveway by 6:30 a.m., I get anxious.

-Phil Richardson, Storyteller and Observer of the Human Condition


Our unending thanks to Jim Bromley, who programs our Archive of Prior Commentaries

Respond to: 

FrontMIGUEL.jpg Born to an addicted prostitute in a crime-ridden barrio, a man finds a love that transcends all obstacles and opens a new pathway to life beyond working for the Jefe of one of Mexico's brutal drug cartels.  (In English)

"A roller-coaster ride of subterfuge and violence through the highways and byways of the drug trade in the US/Mexico desert borderlands."   (reader's review on Amazon)

This book is available on Amazon (link below).

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