To the Editor:

I was saddened to read last week’s editorial, Changing Times, which described the continued reduction in the size of the paper and the news it will report. I have subscribed to the print edition of The Ridgefield Press for nearly 35 years, and remember a time when its reporters covered meetings of nearly every town board and commission. It was a critical source of information for the citizens of our town to remain informed about the actions of our elected officials.   

While I prefer print to online, either way, the role of our local paper in our civic life remains important. I urge Ridgefielders to support the paper by subscribing, and businesses through print advertising.  

Love it or hate it, it’s our hometown paper and we need it to survive in order for our town’s participatory democracy to thrive.  

As Thomas Jefferson said, “A properly functioning democracy depends on an informed electorate.”

Ellen Burns

Great Hill Road, Ridgefield