Keeping up with the Times
If you’re an astute Times reader, you may have noticed little snippets in the last couple weeks in the paper. Things are once again changing. On Thursday afternoon we put up the ‘beta’ version of our new website. Please be patient. Instead of just an additional digital Thursday edition of the Times, our daily online presence will include more news, stories and updates.
Breaking news will be expanded and a ‘Mug of the Day’ will make its debut. More online presence will allow us to expand coverage with many new features that we simply do not have room for in the weekend printed edition. Sports coverage is expanding and obituaries with pictures will be updated online several times a day when necessary. We will also be adding more columns and stories from surrounding areas that may be of interest to our readers.
Not to worry subscribers, we are not at all cutting back on our regular printed edition, but are capturing a wider readership that a daily digital news format allows. We will have ‘subscriber’ only features on the website that include the newspaper archives, access digitally to the weekend edition on Saturday mornings and special offers and stories.
Why the changes? This week, the Post Office only misplaced two bags of our newspapers. Although we have complete faith in the future of the U.S. Postal Service (???) we must prepare and service a more digital market. People want their news faster, – faster than a weekly newspaper can always provide. Now readers will be able to access breaking news and photos, with some input coming right from the actual happening. We will also be utilizing more news services on a broader scale.
We are already working on some stories and features that will be of interest to select portions of our market. Overall, we believe the new digital format will put us in a position for more growth.
We would appreciate any input into the new look and access. If you have stories, suggestions, or pictures, please send them along to the Times at email@example.com, or call us at (315) 986-4300.
Back to politics. Several readers let us know they agreed with last week’s stand on no negative political letters and candidate press gobbledygook. One reader chastised us for not curbing Times columnist Chuck Wells for his political ranting and somewhat negative attacks on anything liberal.
We are not perfect, but it is no surprise that this newspaper has a more conservative take on the world. Personally, I am a fiscal conservative with several (gulp) liberal social leanings. I believe the individual is responsible for his/her own conduct on this planet. I also believe ‘love’ cannot be legislated, laws are to be obeyed until society catches up with legislation, or legislation catches up with society. Crime takes away from living and punishment should be weighed against rehabilitation and circumstances. This newspaper will never reflect all of society, and society norms are often in the eyes of the ‘majority’ of believers.
That being said, how about we all now join in a couple verses of Kumbaya.