KILKENNY -- Shortly after coming to Ireland in 1994, I discovered that my local newsagent often knew more about the pulse of current events than what was published inside the titles on the shelves. That is also my experience in Kilkenny where I learn important details about my city by listening to the perspective of newsagent Tim Power. It's not hard to figure out why Power's perspective is so fresh--just linger in the shop and listen to people converse, share little observations and comment about what they're reading. Power remembers those things and has become a balanced font of information for me behind his newsagent counter. Plus, he sells useful magazines, postcards and offers the least expensive Internet access and lowest cost international dialing of any point in County Kilkenny. Thanks to him, I connect to the States and pay no more than 10 cents a minute. American students visiting Kilkenny need to save their money by spending it wisely on the communications he resells and the advice he gives (only when asked).