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The newspaper industry dies another death

You can't pick up a newspaper today without wondering how much longer you'll be able to pick up a newspaper.

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer won't be a newspaper after tomorrow's edition. In San Francisco, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, papers are slipping quietly into extinction, and the Northwest is merely the latest victim.

The P-I is gone. There are rumors The Seattle Times is in financial problems and the company that owns The News-Tribune – the McClatchy Company – has gone from more than $70 a share to less than a dollar a share.

Maybe it's something we simply have to accept, an industry that is dying, didn't adjust to the times or simply ceased to become part or the cultue.

Reading a newspaper, or several of them, used to be more than a passion, it was how we stayed in touch with the world. Columnists were like old friends we knew or felt we did. As a boy, I thought everything Jim Murray wrote was wonderful – even his columns on horse racing.

Where would Murray find an audience today?

For most people at the P-I, this isn't just the end of a job, it's likely the end of a career. No newspaper in the country is hiring. Most are slashing jobs.

Maybe most of us won't miss the newspaper, or even remember what they did.

Some of us will. And we'll miss them more than we can say.