THIS WILL BE THE FINAL EDITION OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS!
WE WILL NO LONGER BE PUBLISHING THIS PAPER.
No, it’s not true! But, imagine how we would all feel if somewhere down the road that WAS the actual headline and Beth David, the editor and owner, did announce that her paper was shutting down.
Can you imagine? Can you actually imagine? How often do we say…. “I’ll check the Neighborhood News!” “I just saw it in this week’s paper!” “We need to post that in the Neighborhood News!”
All of us who read this paper faithfully every week, all of us who depend on The Neighborhood News to keep us informed of what’s happening, all of us who rely on Beth to do the legwork so we don’t have to…. All of us need to make sure that we don’t lose this town resource. And if all of us don’t pay attention it could happen!
Big and small, newspapers are struggling to pay the bills. Since the Neighborhood News is “free” and supported only by advertising, that makes it even more difficult financially than say, The Standard Times or The Advocate. Beth has been quite forward on the topic of the financial needs of her newspaper and has asked the readers to assist with a small contribution.
I am suggesting that we need to do more than that. A sporadic twenty dollar bill in the mail might help, but won’t guarantee that she can continue. I am suggesting that we (“we” … being all of us who are reading this paper right now) actually do a voluntary subscription to the Neighborhood News on an annual basis.
If you like this paper then how about joining me….. fill out the form below and mail it in to Beth. How much should you pay for this “voluntary” subscription? I think the Advocate is about $36.00 a year. I’m going to do $20. (That’s 40 cents a week.) Maybe Beth will send out a Neighborhood News bumper sticker to show who is supporting her.
And NO, Beth David did not ask or suggest anyone write this letter. Don’t know if she will even publish it, but I hope so. If we lose this paper it’s our own fault. Please fill in the form below this letter today.
Ted Silva, Fairhaven
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