When I was a postdoc in Princeton I subscribed to the Trenton Times, because I felt it was important to be in touch with what was going on in my local community and not just follow national news. The only story I remember was one that said “hey, a basketball team from Akron is coming to play against a top prep-school team in Trenton, and they’ve got this kid LeBron James they say is incredible, you should come check it out.” And I really did think about it, but I was a postdoc, I was trying to write papers, I was busy, too busy to drive into Trenton for a high-school basketball game.
So I guess what I’m trying to say is, yes, subscribe to your local paper because local journalism badly needs financial support, and maybe actually take seriously the local events it alerts you to.
You’re preaching to the choir here. I can’t start the day without a cup of coffee and the morning paper for national, state, and local news, plus the comics. A cold computer screen is no substitute for this.