Recent changes to the 'burgh
While I was disappointed last week to convert the 'burgh from U.S. Postal Home Delivery to Demand Drop in more than 100 locations throughout the city and town of Plattsburgh area, the response has been very positive by both advertisers and readers.
At an average cost of more than $2,200 per week to mail the 'burgh, the local economy was just not strong enough to support the additional delivery cost. I remain a strong believer in a home-delivered product, but recognizing the value of our free community papers, making them conveniently available will allow the paper to continue to provide its much needed service to the community.
Working with our editorial team, we are resolved to take some of the dollars not spent on postal costs and convert them into more news features and increase the page count making it well worth your while to secure a copy for your home weekly at one of the many locations throughout the community. It will take a few weeks for us to refine our list of drop locations and quantities needed, but once it is finalized we will make the list available in the paper weekly for your convenience.
Additionally, I want to remind everyone you can E-scribe to the 'burgh as well as any of our community publications and receive an e-mail notification as soon as the paper is posted on-line. To E-scribe, go to www.denpubs.com and point your mouse to "Subscribe." When the drop down menu appears, point and click your mouse on E-editions via E-mail to subscribe. Without an electronic subscription, you can always go on-line to www.denpubs.com and view current as well as past editions at any time near the bottom of the main landing page.
For the benefit of our many advertisers, the paper will still be audited annually by Circulation Verification Council, thus insuring advertisers of our delivered quantities. CVC will also conduct the annual readership survey to gauge readers use and acceptance of the paper. Our free community papers have been audited by this independent third-party for 15 years, assuring advertisers of our distribution credibility.
New community resource
A joint venture between the North Country Workforce Investment Board and the Plattsburgh Public Library has given birth to the Plattsburgh Employment and Public Computer Center. The new center located at 19 Oak St. will be open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Various computer workshops and training sessions will be held as well as trained support staff will be available to assist those in need. With the growth of technology this new center serves as a tremendous resource for our community. Go check it out.
No 23rd debate in our area
We were disappointed to hear Congressman Owens declined our invitation to a live debate with Republican challenger Matt Doheny in our portion of the district. We understand there was a televised debate last week aired in the Watertown and Syracuse markets. This is a very large congressional district and scheduling is difficult, but with most of the area's media outlets working together recently to share the stage and coverage of these events, one would have thought a debate in the Clinton/Essex County region could have been worked out by the competing camps. With so much attention to the upcoming elections and so many negative campaign ads airing these days, one would think the candidates would welcome an opportunity to be seen in person side by side so voters can make their own comparison and reach their own decision, without depending heavily on being swayed by the political spin doctors. Plus, with our nation in so much turmoil and voter anguish at such a high level, I would like to think the candidates would welcome the opportunity be seen together ... but, then again, is it really about sending the best candidate to Washington or is it just a matter of selecting the lesser of two evils? In my opinion, until we have term limits, outlaw political contributions to candidates not made from voters within the districts they serve and insure these elected officials are subject to the very same laws we must live under, will anything really change?
Daniel Alexander is owner and publisher of Denton Publications. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.