By Greg Swem

I think one of the key functions of a newspaper is to inform the public about important issues affecting their lives, such as local, state, and federal government legislation and rulings.

For instance, in the September 15, 2021, issue of the Union Springs Herald, I learned that postage costs had increased.

I hadn't heard that from any other source, so it was news to me.

And it dawned on me as I read the article that a newspaper serves a beneficial purpose when information like that is broadcast.

The reminders about vehicle tag renewals that are put on the front page of the Herald each week are an excellent example of a public service provided by newspapers.

And the weekly statistics regarding the Covid-19 virus are helpful to keep each citizen aware of the health conditions of the community and think about precautions that might be considered for one's safety.

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