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I suspect our children today are much smarter and far more educated than I was at their age.

I know my son was.

That said, I do believe there are gaps in their knowledge when it comes to current events, geography and local government.

I don’t know how many times I had to explain to my son that Betty Little was not the type of senator that worked in Washington.

When he was in college, I was astounded that I had to tell him which direction to go on the Thruway to get to Buffalo.

I never could get my own son to read the newspaper — he claims now he used to peek when I wasn’t looking — but there was certainly never a problem with him playing with his phone.

We’ve been working diligently at The Post-Star to update and improve our digital product for months, and the price should be right for just about anyone.

What many might find surprising is that you get more content digitally than in the newspaper, because there is no limit to space online.

I hear from so many people that they still enjoy the feel of the paper in their hands in the morning. That’s fine; I’m one of those people, too, and if you are a print subscriber, you already have access to the digital product. But when there is a foot of snow in the driveway, I often fire up the iPad to read the newspaper.

A subscription to the newspaper is the perfect way to say to the student in your life, “Hey, you are growing up. You need to pay attention to the world around you.”

Some numbers

I got an email this week from SafeHome.org citing a study that says New York is ranked as the 14th best state for journalists to live and work.

Unfortunately, the other highlights were not so encouraging. Perhaps, they were hoping to sell me a security system.

The study found that 9 percent of New York journalists had been attacked in the last three years.

It also found that the number of journalists in the state is expected to fall by 17.8 percent by 2026.

And included in the national findings was the fact that 26 journalists have been attacked in 2019.

We’ve also seen an uptick in emails and social media posts that were borderline threatening. We were concerned enough to contact the police a couple of times.

That’s our world these days.

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Ken Tingley is the editor of The Post-Star and may be reached via email at tingley@poststar.com. You can read his blog “The Front Page” daily at www.poststar.com or his updates on Twitter at www.twitter.com/kentingley.

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