Catching up with the locals

My last post on the coverage of the funeral for Rafael Ramos and the debate surrounding policing strategy left out an obvious source for discussion, the Ridgewood Times/Times Newsweekly, which has an article by Robert Pozarycki. I am sorry to have missed it because it has a good number of details local to Ridgewood and Glendale and unique to this paper. I received a link and not the printed copy, which for reasons I should discuss I do prefer—

But I should also explain how I get the papers and what the point of this series is for me at this point. I'm working with printed papers that I pick up in my daily orbit, and free ones at that. Depending on where you look, certain papers are free, others available at a newsstand or the library. But it may be that the Ridgewood Times is only available for the modest cost of an issue, so I'll add that to my weekly routine.

Catching up with the locals—Oceans of Blue

I picked-up the weeklies with some amount of anticipation last week. Returning from a holiday and almost a week since the funeral for murdered police officer Rafael Ramos was held in Glendale, I was eager to read local coverage of one of the most pressing issues of our time. The South Queens version of the Queens Courier, published as the Courier-Sun, did not disappoint, with a cover image of Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder posing with three blue-ribbon-hanging community members for a page three story about their campaign in support of the NYPD. Also on page three was Salvatore Licata's story about the funeral for PO Ramos. Licata describes Vice President Biden's eulogy as "stirring" and he provides a memorable quotation from the speech:

“It is only when a tragedy like this occurs when all of their friends, neighbors and people who didn’t even know them become aware of and reminded of the sacrifices they make every single, solitary day to make our lives better,” Biden said.