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Kent GTD Holds Celebration for Bill of Rights

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KENT—The newly revived Kent Good Times Dispatch, which is operated by its nonprofit parent company, Kent New, Inc., held a gathering celebrating Bill of Rights Day Dec. 15 at the Fife ‘n Drum restaurant.

KNI President Karen Chase described the evolution of the Bill of Rights, passed in 1787-’88, which comprises the first 10 Amendments to the Constitution.

Chase said that the First Amendment is of primary importance to newspapers, explaining that it ensures that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Kent GTD Editor Kathryn Boughton described the progress of the revitalized newspaper, which published its first issue Oct. 12 after a 13-year hiatus. The online newspaper comes out Thursdays and is continuing to grow, with additional features each week.

Chase said that, as a nonprofit, the paper does not charge its readers but must be supported through grants, ad sales and donations. She encouraged those present to make donations by Dec. 31, which will help the newspaper meet a $26,000 matching grant.

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