The news from Chicago sent a jolt through 501 N. Calvert St., the home of this newspaper, its suburban offices and the communities across Maryland that it has served with distinction for 171 years. The owner of the Baltimore Sun Media Group and other Tribune Co. newspapers filed yesterday for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection to reorganize the company's heavy debt. Perhaps not since the days of the Great Baltimore Fire of 1904 has this newspaper felt so at risk from events outside the building.
Like other notable businesses that have been a mainstay of this state, our parent company is not immune from the economic turmoil roiling through its industry and the nation.
And yet within an hour of this unsettling news, the men and women who work at The Sun were at their desks, on the phones and back on the street doing what they do every day with commitment and conviction - putting out this newspaper, updating the news of the day on our Web site, baltimoresun.com, and reporting on the people and communities of Maryland. Just yesterday, the Sun Media Group rolled out a new Internet feature that will give readers a comprehensive roundup of the most up-to-the-minute breaking news.
We're moving forward because regardless of the financial circumstances at play in Chicago, governments were open for business yesterday, police patrolled the streets, students from Hagerstown to Ocean City attended classes, hospitals cared for patients, ships called at the Port of Baltimore and businesses went about their business. We are Maryland's newspaper.
In 1904, fire consumed the Sun Iron Building at Baltimore and South streets, but the newspaper kept on publishing with the help of its competitors in Washington. That's our tradition - and our responsibility to the people of Maryland.