John Manke is an active former Bay View resident who is involved in numerous neighborhood organizations, including the Bay View Historical Society, the Humboldt Park Fourth of July Association and the Shore Shore Farmers Market. He believes Bay View has a fine tradition in its past that we do not want to lose in the future.
On Thursday, as I read the South Shore Now Newspaper, I was looking for local Bay View news in print. I did not have a magnifying glass to find much, but there was one article on a business in Bay View there. There was no local police report, no local school news, no letters to the editor from Bay View, no sports news from any of the Bay View schools, no stories about any local activities, in fact so little news that this is a Bay View newspaper?
I wish that Nan Bialek was back to write some local news. It is like ordering a glass of milk and only getting two drops of milk in the glass at full cost. When the Bay Viewer was operational, a lot of local news was inside of the newspaper. Bay View is alive and active. If the people do not like what is happening, perhaps the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel will become one or two pages long to reflect all of the news that they want to print.
Soon the people will stop ordering the Journal-Sentinel and go entirely to the online reports of news to read. Or if they want to read local news, they will pick up a copy of a local newspaper by a small publisher who is not afraid to publish news about the area. Then advertisements in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel will dry up and the newspaper will eventually fold due to lack of revenue and customers. Wake up people.
People want to be informed as to what is happening around them. They all know how to read. Cut off their news supply, and you will find out the results. Right now you are acting as if you want to cease publishing the local news in any community. This is no way to run a newspaper. If you like what is happening to your local newspaper, let the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel know about it. If you do not like what is happening, let them know about it, and cancel your subscription if they do not change what they are doing now. You the reader are the boss. You must decide the next action to take. You know how I feel on this matter.
Bring back local news to the newspaper.