We've often pointed out the importance of a community newspaper to the community it serves - and vice versa.
Despite the many avenues of communication available today, and on so many different levels, it remains a truism that the community paper is the best and most effective source of community news and information - the glue that holds a community together.
Despite the terabytes of information that are uploaded to the Internet daily through websites, blogs, social media and personal mobile communications; despite the hundreds of television channels, the multi-band dispersal of radio, and the multitude of regional, national and international newspapers, magazines and newsletters available to all of us - or perhaps because of the seemingly infinite variety of information sources - the best place to find out about New Westminster is right here in The Record.
It's the one thing we can do better than anyone else.
It's what we are. It's who we are.
But regardless of how obvious that seems to us, it's also pretty obvious that we have a vested interest in that message - which is why we're pleased at the vote of confidence in community newspapers that was delivered by Warren Buffett a few weeks ago.
Buffett, whose financial genius is generally recognized to be his ability to spot the obvious before nearly everyone else realizes how obvious it is, commented, "In towns and cities where there is a strong sense of community, there is no more important institution than the local paper."
And he put his money where his mouth is, purchasing 63 American community newspapers for $143 million.
Buffett didn't get to be a multibillionaire for nothing. The obvious has been stated by someone with a habit of being heard.
We think that goes a long way to reinforcing what we've always believed: Community newspapers matter.
Thanks for making ours part of your life.