When a newspaper dies

It’s no secret — is it? — that the newspaper industry is in bad shape. The Twin Cities, of course, still has two newspapers, but supporting two is going to be tough in the years ahead.

It’s true that many people wouldn’t mind seeing a few newspapers die. Still, there’s something that’s especially sad when they do. Say what you will about the political leanings of your favorite rag, but newspapers — along with soldiers, good citizens and, yes, even lawyers — are one of the reasons we still have the rights we still have.

A newspaper is circling the drain in Cincinnati where the Post is ending 126 years of service.

There won’t even be a glass of champagne hoisted, as the bosses have warned employees against bringing booze into work on the last day.

One hopes we’ll never experience such a scene here. The odds, however, say we will.