Why local news belongs on the net

Reading about the San Jose Mercury’s pragmatic decision to close or sell its two ethnic-language dailies, the Spanish-language Nuevo Mundo and the Vietnamese Viet Mercury, I want to just scream “move them to the web!”
My yelp would not be addressed to Knight Ridder, which has its own business issues–and plans–to manage–but to the local readers and community–who could create the means to launch local ethnic web sites–and print digital editions or broadsheets on demand, as Advance Internet did with an Indian-language broadsheet in Jersey, oh,10 years ago.
Folks, if you fear a vacuum, why not fill it?