I remember growing up in the post-World War II period in Avon Lake, Ohio, a suburb 18 miles to the west of Cleveland.
As was the case with most homes in this rural suburb of a major Midwest city, we got most of our news from two newspapers: th
e Cleveland Press, the evening Scripps-Howard daily, and the morning paper, the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The Babcock family subscribed to both newspapers, as did most families on our block.
The Press finally shuttered its doors in 1982. Now it seems the Plain Dealer, Cleveland’s only remaining daily, is in danger of going the way of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, also owned by the NOLA Media Group, and publishing only three days a week.
This is not good news.