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So I am not the only one who has given up on local TV news reporting (“Local TV News, RIP,” Jan. 31 Perspectives). There are so many alternatives no matter what media method you choose.

Local? Try the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Don’t have time to read it in the morning? You can get it on your tablet, personal computer, laptop or smart phone. Read it on coffee break or at lunch. There is an afternoon edition of the PG (The Pittsburgh Press). I even get it in our remote home village in Greece.

Radio? We have two public radio stations in Pittsburgh, which carry local news, as well as West Virginia Public Radio available locally. (Yes, WQED carries news.)

TV? Try Al Jazeera America! It has great unbiased coverage of international and some national news with young, interested correspondents. And then there is BBC America.

Weather? The app on my iPad gives me a quick and accurate update on weather, and I can check on any location I like whenever I like. Those apps are free. Traveling from here to Louisville, Ky.? Just check on present conditions and the long-range forecast. Do the same from here to any international location.

Local TV stations, don’t tell me what you will tell me at 5 p.m. If it is that important, tell me now! Save all the loud, poorly written commercials until later or, better yet, make them informative and worth seeing.

Avoiding change and pandering to the “elderly”? Please. I am a senior citizen.


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