The viability of local newspapers, including the one that you are reading now, is being challenged by an unnecessary tariff on the import newsprint from Canada – the paper used to print this newspaper.


Simply put, newspapers cannot absorb the additional financial burden that this tax – based on a dubious complaint from a single paper mill – is sure to create.


The new import tax begins on Tuesday and will add almost 10 percent to the cost of newsprint for Texoma Marketing and Media Group, which publishes the Herald Democrat, Van Alstyne Leader, Anna-Melissa Tribune and Prosper Press.


The additional cost for newsprint will add up to thousands of dollars for this company’s Texoma operations alone.


If fully implemented, the resulting hardship could lead to the loss of thousands of jobs in the newspaper industry. We are at an important juncture right now, and our role of getting real news to you on a daily basis matters more than ever.


A credible news source that has a vested interest in community-based news and information is the bedrock to our principles as a free nation.


We are local businesses. We are Texoma. We are you.


Readers rely on newspapers to provide credible information about what matters most to them – news about local people, local government, local happenings, local businesses and important public notices that can affect a community.


Newspapers and newspaper associations are uniting against newsprint tariffs. This is not only a print industry concern, but it also could ultimately affect other business segments in the U.S. that rely on paper products.


Please help us protect the future of newspapers by contacting the Department of Commerce, Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz or Rep. John Ratcliffe and letting them know that you oppose the proposed newsprint trade tariff.


A free press is more important than ever, and newspapers have always been at the forefront of serving our communities. We remain steadfast in our commitment to doing so, and we could use your help to ensure that we can continue delivering papers to you.


Nate Rodriguez is the Senior Group Publisher of Texoma Marketing and Media Group, which publishes the Herald Democrat, Van Alstyne Leader, Anna-Melissa Tribune and Prosper Press. Email him at nrodriguez@heralddemocrat.com.