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What’s in a name? A slogan? A sign?
This issue of
challenged our vol-
the advertising and
from the desk of managing editor
unteer reporters. We had difficult stories to
donations we see
BOARD OF EDITORS
write about sensitive issues, such as the
coming in. For the
breast reduction surgery of the two local
being a local paper is knowing that there is
first time (I know of)
women in our cover story or the lack of
a balance between the people we write
16 years, we are
health coverage for “John Smith.”
about and your need to hear their story. As I
offering an hourly
Politics and Economics
Why they asked us to change their names
told John Smith, our stories are often col-
wage to an advertis-
speaks more to our society’s ability to
laborations among a group of residents, and
ing rep to tap local
inflict judgement than any journalistic ethic
I’m proud to use these pages for such col-
support for afford-
had to confront. Why do these
laborations. Let me know if you think that’s
able, effective, local
Community and Lifestyles
local residents feel the need for privacy on
not the best use of this resource we all sup-
issues that affect so many people? What
port. In fact, I’m counting on you to tell me
able to do this because of our donors and
does it say about the rest of us that they
what you think.
the advertisers we have now who have seen
think something negative will happen to
For example, in an effort to better define
the results of their ads and continue to
them or be thought of them?
the ongoing evolution of
renew, even in tough times. I’ll keep you
Surely John Smith knows that nearly 47
adopted a new tagline of
posted on our progress.
million Americans are in the same boat he
Fearless. Free.” It seems to be the best
Please come to our annual Fun!Raiser
is, and most of the rest of us are one step
description of what we’ve become, with
March 23 (see the back page for details).
away from it. And why is breast reduction
“free” of course applying to a free press as
It’s our way of funding capital improve-
Arts and Entertainment
surgery loaded with more stigma than, let’s
well as a free paper. Graphic designers and
ments like software upgrades and new com-
say, eye surgery or rotator cuff surgery or
even an anthropology class are working to
puters. With Simple Gifts generously donat-
even a nose job?
help us develop the visuals to go with it so
ing a concert, it’s a night you won’t want to
I’ll leave that for brighter minds to pon-
we can reach a broader audience.
miss. Besides, it’s our sign of success when
der. For my part, I’ve learned that part of
We’re also more visible on the Internet
our readers come together to celebrate the
than ever with Facebook and MySpace
community they have built on these pages.
pages. We hope to see you there soon! As
So that’s what I see in names, slogans and
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our e-mail list grows to almost 3,000 and
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news coverage and local affairs. Letters should
our print circulation grows another 15 per-
expand the leadership of
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cent, we find ourselves living the national
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