By Patty Limerick
Published February 27, 2009 at 12:05 a.m.
In the Rocky Mountain News
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The death of a newspaper hits me as hard as the death of a friend.
Every now and then, a platitude captures reality, and the old saying – that newspapers are the first draft of history – is one of those high-performance cliches. And this first draft involves a lot more than record-keeping.
We all run around in the course of a normal day, trying to make the world a better place, snarling ourselves up in detail, misunderstanding each other and inadvertently stirring up trouble, doing our best to remember our principles and to steer by them if we can manage, in the midst of frenzied activity, to remember what they were. (Read on …)