First, let me say happy new year to all of you. New years are fat with possibilities — even weight loss — and it is my wish that you recognize the possibilities for you and are able to achieve them.
I happened to be reading an article in the latest Consumer Reports magazine, and it was discussing whether certain things are made in America when they say they are made in America. The fact that something has an “American” label doesn’t necessarily means it is made here.
One thing I can tell you for sure, though, is that most local newspapers are indeed made in America, and generally in the town for which they are published.
That is certainly true of The Madera Tribune, which is written and edited in our offices at 2890 Falcon Drive. Stories not written here — mainly those of The Associated Press, of which we are members — are clearly identified as being of outside origin, so you know what you are getting. The comics are drawn by outsiders, and sold to us by the syndicates for which they work. The artists and their syndicates are clearly identified.
The paper and the ink are not made in Madera, because we have no newsprint factory here, nor do we have an ink factory. Our newsprint is generally made at mills in Oregon, of about 40 percent recycled fiber. The ink is manufactured mainly in Southern California.
We have our own printing press, on which we print every issue except the occasional time when we have to rely on an outside printer for backup.
As you will see, if you read the Year in Review section in this issue, we published a lot of local stories last year. The ones in this section — almost entirely local — were “big” stories. There also were several thousand “smaller” ones that were no less important.
We’re made in America, for sure. We’re made in Madera, for sure. And we love it. We love you for subscribing and reading.
May this “made in Madera” relationship continue in the coming year, and for a long time.