In the early 1970s I was covering small towns in Nebraska. I was interviewing for a story on Bud's Rabbit and Worm Ranch. (More on that another day) I was standing in the middle of a dusty, uninhabited Main Street talking to the mayor or the postmaster, I can't remember. I do remember what he said that afternoon as we talked about the demise of his town:
"When the newspaper dies, the town begins to die."