I have read a local newspaper almost every day since I was 8 years old. I began by reading Boston Red Sox box scores to see how well my favorite player, Jim Rice, hit during the previous night's game. In high school, I cut out editorials or political essays that squared with my sensibilities (poor, white-trash, shockingly naïve). During college and for years after, I made sure to read at least one story from every section, every morning. When I finally went to work for a major daily, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, I was at first proud to be a part of an institution that I felt helped raise me, make me a better, smarter person. Newspapers, I believed, were a good way to keep up with the world and, in some weird idealistic way, make that world a more... More >>>