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Craig Ladwig

If the federal government had allowed the market to work in Fort Wayne and other JOA cities, one of the newspapers (probably the afternoon paper) would have gone out of business opening a niche for new, more aggressive competitors. As it was, the one paper acted as a place-holder, keeping competition out of the market and allowing the two JOA owners to do what their editorial departments would declare scandalous in any other business — fix prices. Don't shed any tears, therefore, if you turn on your radio one morning soon to learn Fort Wayne has no daily newspaper. They have made easy money in a closed market independent of the quality of their journalism. The game, however, is nearly over.

Carl Harz

It certainly seems that print news is in trouble. But the main thing I fear in a 'one newspaper town' is a biased opinion. For as long as I can remember the Journal is slanted toward democrat, while the News-Sentinel leans to republican. If one paper were to disappear, the loss we be un-measurable. Look what happened to TV33 and WPTA. Sure it legal by an FCC loophole using smoke and mirrors, but we (the Community) lost out on true perspective. We lost choice.

If we lose our second paper, we will lose a lot more than just a 'paper'.

Craig Ladwig

I don't understand the assumption that if these two newspapers close, no other newspaper/information system will take their places. There must be a half-dozen detailed business plans anticipating such a development. In fact, one of the first things you notice about the Fort Wayne newspaper market is the high price of display advertising. Maybe someone else can do it cheaper.

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