Newspaper much appreciated

I am writing to thank everyone at the Advocate for giving us such a top quality daily newspaper. Too many of us take you for granted.

I am writing to thank everyone at the Advocate for giving us such a top quality daily newspaper. Too many of us take you for granted.

Over the past year, as many newspapers have gone out of business because of the recession and competition from free news on the Internet, your readers need to support you more than ever before.

I am especially appreciative of the courage and integrity you show on your editorial pages. Even though I don’t always agree with some of your columnists and letter writers, you fairly publish all points of view.

In a province that has been increasingly taken over by big business and a government bent on demonizing and privatizing most cherished public institutions, your editorial writers show a lot of guts in what they say.

Recent editorials on Bill 50, Alberta’s unfair tax system to the middle and lower classes, the folly of the prosperity gospel, the dilemma of nursing grads, etc., are some examples of your willingness to take a stand for what is right.

Karl Barth, the famous theologian, told his students to preach with a Bible in one hand and a newspaper in the other. You are one of the few voices in our community that truly addresses the social justice issues of our time.

More than 115,000 young Canadians died in wars to protect the journalistic freedom you exercise so well.

May your readers continue to do everything in their power to keep you going.

Grant Woodcock

Red Deer

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