Newspapers of the NY23rd, a new feature.

Recently a new item was added to our Home Page, “Newspapers of the NY 23rd”, which contains links to many newspapers in our district. It can be found just under the winter scene picture.

Why? Our district is large; it is just a little smaller than New Jersey. It takes three and a half hours to go the 207 miles  from Waverly in Tioga County to Dunkirk in Chautauqua County. Each part of the district has qualities and customs that makes it unique and shapes the residents’ lives. A way for our district to really get to understand each other is to  share opinions, concerns, and joys. Newspapers, especially in their digital format, can really make our district a bit smaller.

The newspapers are organized generally by geographic location, beginning in the western portion of the district, going east. The final few are the papers north of Steuben County. There are some newspapers listed that are not technically in our district (The Buffalo News and the Canandaigua Messenger) but they cover our news and many in our district subscribe to them.

When you go to the “Newspapers of the NY 23rd” page, the first link under the newspaper’s title takes you to their home page. From there you can see the headlines and their top stories. We also provide a link to their opinion page. We can learn about their area by reading their Editorials, Letters to the Editor (LTE), Comments, and other opinion pieces.

Consider sharing your opinion with readers from all over the district by writing a letter to the editor.  Each newspaper may have slightly different rules. The Elmira Star Gazette and Ithaca Journal have a 200 word limit, but they have another feature “Guest Viewpoint” which has a 500 word limit. The Ithaca Times’ rule is: Letters should not be more than 600-700 word long. The other papers fall somewhere between those two extremes. Some papers have a form for you to type your letters on, others a simple email will do.

Besides using the newspaper link for political stuff, you can see what each area has to offer. A day trip to a new part of the district could be taken to enjoy their recreational, cultural, educational offerings, or just to see the sights and to try out a new restaurant, winery, or micro-brewery.

Newspapers of the NY 23rd is there for you to explore and learn about others in our district. Please let us know of any newspapers that we may have missed.

About pystew

Retired Teacher, political science geek, village trustee. I lean a little left, but like a good political discussion. My blog, the New NY 23rd (http://newny23rd) is about discussing the issues facing the people of our new congressional district. Let's hear all sides of the issues, not just what the candidates want us to hear.
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3 Responses to Newspapers of the NY23rd, a new feature.

  1. Deb Meeker says:

    What a wonderful idea and service this is. Thank you!


  2. bob mcgill says:

    Would be if you could believe a word they print !!!!! After attending a board meeting I read the paper and wonder if they are reporting on the SAME MEETING. In Seneca County most people won’t even talk to the press because they get MIS-QUOTED all the time !!!!!!!


  3. pystew says:

    Bob, this once I have to agree with you. You might know that I usually carry a small camera around when I go to some meetings, especially our congressman’s Town Hall events.It is mainly for a sound recording. I have read articles and have seen quotes, then I go back to the tape and many times the reporter ‘fixes’ things he says. He might say “you, know”, or changes thoughts in mid-sentence. (I know I do the same thing but I’m not becoming a millionaire based on my talking.) You never see that in the paper.

    It has come to a sorry time when the elected officials are hesitant to talk to the Press. I know some in Penn Yan who have cancelled their subsciption to the local paper because they don’t like the articles that the paper prints, but that is a different story.

    Try out the other papers around the district. Many have an acgtive ‘comment’ section where people don’t usde their names. They are interesting at times but quickly get old. (They tend to attack each others than comment on the letter.)

    The Buffalo News seems to be on the ball and well organized. Yesterday’s article about the District court upholding the Safe Act is a good example. They have a listing of their earlier stories about the SAFE Act that you can you can review.

    You get the award for the first reply of 2014! Have a good, happy and healthy New Year, and I look forward to your new comments in 2014.


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