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John Henry: Why I Bought The Globe

FILE - Boston Red Sox owner John Henry stands on the field before a baseball game in Boston, in this May 11, 2013 file photo.
FILE - Boston Red Sox owner John Henry stands on the field before a baseball game in Boston, in this May 11, 2013 file photo. The principal owner of the Boston Red Sox has entered into an agreement to buy The Boston Globe. The Globe says the impending purchase marks businessman John Henry's "first foray into the financially unsettled world of the news media." It said early Saturday Aug. 3, 2013 the deal will give Henry the 141-year-old newspaper, its websites and affiliated companies. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

I HAVE been asked repeatedly in recent weeks why I chose to buy the Globe. A few have posed the question in a tone of incredulity, as in, “Why would anyone purchase a newspaper these days?” But for the most part, people have offered their thanks and best wishes with a great deal of warmth. A number of civic and business leaders have also offered their help. I didn’t expect any of these reactions, but I should have.

Over the past two months I have learned just how deeply New Englanders value the Globe. It is the eyes and ears of the region in some ways, the heartbeat in many others. It is the gathering point not just for news and information, but for opinion, discussion, and ideas.

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