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.