Local newspapers, including the one you are reading now, are fighting many challenges. This week, we now face the burden of an unnecessary tariff on the imported newsprint from Canada — the paper used to print the The Ottawa Herald and other publications across Kansas.
Kansas’ newspapers cannot absorb the additional financial burden that this tax — based on a dubious complaint from a single paper mill — will create.
The new import tax began Tuesday. It will add some 10 percent to the cost of newsprint for our company. The additional cost of newsprint will add up to hundreds of thousands of dollars for Kansas GateHouse alone.
If fully implemented, the resulting hardship could lead to the loss of thousands more jobs in the newspaper industry nationwide. We are at a crucial juncture right now in our role of getting real, factual news to you daily.
A credible news source that has a vested interest in community-based information is a bedrock of our principles as a free nation.
Kansas is home to more than 80 local newspapers and related websites – many of which provide the only meaningful news coverage in small communities.
Our readers rely on newspapers to provide credible information about what matters most to them — local people, local government, local happenings, local businesses and public notices.
No one else is going to tell the stories we bring to you daily.
Newspapers and newspaper associations are uniting against newsprint tariffs. This is not only about newspapers, however; it also could ultimately affect other business segments in the U.S. that rely on paper products.
Please help us protect the future of newspapers and local news by contacting the Department of Commerce, Sen. Pat Roberts, Sen. Jerry Moran and Rep. Lynn Jenkins. Let them know you oppose the proposed newsprint trade tariff.
Newspapers have always been at the forefront of serving our communities. We remain steadfast in our commitment to doing our jobs, and we could use your help to ensure that we can continue delivering the Herald to you.
— Ron Sylvester, regional news director, GateHouse Kansas