The value of local news sometimes gets usurped by the debate about digital vs. print. That debate is bupkis. Local news is as constituent to a conscious, engaged citizenry as any form of knowledge. Whether it’s from a neighborhood blog or the dewed-over, wrapped-in-plastic town newspaper in your driveway, it gives you the sense of what’s most immediate to you. And in the age of social media, local news can force us to acknowledge the beliefs and values of those in, and outside of, our circles.