The Bedford Citizen – Our raison d’etre #2

November 29, 2023

In French, raison d’etre literally means “reason for being,” and in English, it means about the same. Someone’s raison d’etre is the most important thing to them: Michael Jordan’s raison d’etre was basketball. Beethoven’s raison d’etre was music. A raison d’etre motivates a person; it’s their purpose. 

The Bedford Citizen started 11 years ago. The idea was pretty simple. Bedford used to have a vibrant local newspaper that kept our residents informed as to what was going on locally. The Bedford Minuteman was in slow decline and by 2011 was really not publishing much news about town affairs. That was the genesis for the creation of The Bedford Citizen.  

What we didn’t know, but in retrospect is obvious, is that what was happening in Bedford was a national trend with dire consequences.  

In this series, we’re going to share what we read, why we do what we do, and what your support, supports.

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Here’s the latest example; a story in the New York Times, A Powerful Tool for Fighting Corruption Is Going Extinct New York Times – November 26, 2023.

It’s just the latest example of the importance of a vibrant local media. The Bedford Citizen has not rooted out any major corruption here in town per se, but having local media reporting on what happens within the government makes corruption less likely.

So, thank you for your support.

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