But there is a silver lining: At least we know about Healthy Holly; other cities have no watchdogs left to uncover corruption. Without The Sun, the Baltimore Brew and the other local media outlets following leads and tracking down facts, we would have no clue that any of this is going on. Local media, particularly print media, is necessary to hold local officials accountable. Yet local newspapers are closing all over the place, and when that happens, the cost of government increases. Bonds become more expensive when the lenders suspect that city officials will take a cut — and taxpayers suffer.