Beware the Ides of March; Local News May Be at Stake

The Death of Caesar (1798) by Vincenzo Camuccini.

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The Ides of March was a date on the Roman calendar—about March 15—a relatively happy day signifying the new year.

Then William Shakespeare changed everything with his play, “Julius Caesar,” more than 1,600 years after the assassination of the Roman statesman and general. Shakespeare depicts a soothsayer giving advance warning to Caesar, “Beware the Ides of March.”

What do we have to fear on this Ides of March? Perhaps, among other things, the loss of local news and the role it plays in giving residents the upper hand in government decisions.

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It’s March Membership Month. If you’re not a paying member—and most of you, sadly, are not—please consider a News Membership by clicking here. For a small monthly amount, you can help ensure the things you care about—education, crime, taxes and more—continue to be heard by WHAV’s ultra-sensitive microphones.

People have always been asked to pay for the news. While it may be new in the Merrimack Valley to help pay for radio news, Greater Boston residents have long paid for the bulk of WGBH’s and WBUR’s programs. Today’s nonprofit WHAV is also relying on you for help.

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