Sunday, February 13, 2011 – 10:00 a.m.

Three local newspapers appear to be under intense budget pressure, with their respective reporters and staff being the people deeply affected.

A situation most likely a symptom of a continued nationwide drop in print circulation, courtesy of the Internet and electronic age.

The Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin and the Redlands Daily Facts newspapers, all a part of the Los Angeles News Group, have reportedly been subjecting their staffs to forced furloughs this year.

Sources say as much as two weeks per quarter without pay.

While this blog has had its share of wrangling and dissent with the local news media, this is something we wouldn’t wish on anyone.

Times are tough and likely to get tougher.

Newspapers serve a purpose in disseminating information to their respective communities, and while this website has, at times, criticized the objectivity of the local press, they are still needed.