I was born in Long Beach, California to Marjorie Crane and Fred L. Welsh during the last days of WWII. I grew up in the Vassar/Millington, Michigan area where I did a lot of farming in my youth. Then, it was on to Michigan State for a BA in history/pre-law. After graduation, I became an officer in the US navy serving on LST1160 Traverse County and DD931 Forrest Sherman as main propulsion assistant and CIC officer. After leaving the Navy in 1972, I managed a Manpower Inc. office in Flint, Michigan. Then it was on to General Motors for twenty-seven years as an Industrial Engineer. Now, I'm happily retired and very busy with a singing group, Brothers in Song, and with volunteer work at the Bay County Historical Museum.
One of the best things about social networking like Facebook is the quick views of what is taking place in the lives of those you care about. I just love it. Before Facebook, I probably would have never seen this great picture of daughter, Kate, and her husband Bill.
I am sure that there is a need for paid, professional news sources. I don’t see a future for organizations that charge for repeating wire stories on paper. The whole distribution process is in competition with almost free distribution of electronic information that can be audio or video as well as editable and copy-capable. My 3G phone is closer than that awkward paper on the table and gives me access to papers that I never had before.
It is possible that we don’t need paid writers. The USA has so many people who do a great job of writing as an art form or interest. We also have a great number of institutions who distribute well done information for free. That doesn’t cover everything though.
We need something like the wire service that provides the key link between events and written reports of them. This business service needs to be paid by micropayments made to the writer who pays a set fee to the distributing organization. It would be an ebay of reports and ideas. The free market would determine the need for professional, paid writers.
I wrote this in response to a posting on TWO Cents