Tronc’s problems are largely the result of very poor business decisions, and weak editorial staff at some of their properties. The Sun is slouching toward irrelevance because it is essentially an extension of the mayor’s communications shop (and the governor’s, and other local county governments). Sports coverage is all it really has left. The Chicago tribune, LA times, and some others are still relevant and important. I started my working life as a reporter for a small daily newspaper in upstate New York. I will always believe that a vibrant, aggressive local press is a necessary component of civic life. While there are many profound failures and slow motion crises in Baltimore, I believe that the Sun could be replaced by something better, and even profitable. It wouldn’t be the end of the world if it folded.