Well, you don’t need me to tell you this. But on Thursday morning I bought my first-ever copy of Foster’s Daily Democrat, a newspaper serving the general area of Dover, New Hampshire, a pleasant enough but nondescript city of 30,000 or so in which I live.
Here’s what the local section had to say. There are six headlines on the front page.
“Wentworth-Douglass seeks state OK to expand”
OK, fine. Wentworth-Douglass is a classy facility with 111 beds. They’re trying to make it so that, for example, patients’ relatives have a place to spend the night. They need funding for a 136,000-square-foot addition. All fine. Next:
“Dentistry with a Heart”
This is actually a beautiful story about helping people, which I won’t go into. Then there’s this shit:
“Man gets 8 years for 2008 home-invasion armed robbery”
“One charged, one sought in strong-arm robbery”
“Teen charged in burglary; additional charges expected”
“Dover police seek man they say beat pregnant wife”
I would think that small-town New Hampshire could do better. Apparently not. A letter to the editor indicates that the nearby town of Durham (home of the University of New Hampshire) has at least one landlord who thinks it’s OK to serve up tap water with three to four times the legal level of arsenic. Arsenic, for fuck’s sake. Then there’s a letter noting that there are suddenly four branches of government: the judicial branch, the executive branch, the legislative branch, and corporate America. I can’t believe that a supposedly liberal Supreme Court, or any Supreme Court, let this shit happen. They have abandoned every last principle that supposedly made this a wondrous place to live, and I fucking hate them for it.
Then there was a bunch of bullshit about a federal stimulus dollars and some stuff that was actually nice about a Christmas food drive.
This sucks. I think I’ll just retreat into the world of underground blogs, dark as they can be.