It is that time of the year for renewing my subscription to the Ouray County Plaindealer. And in the memory of David F. Day, who began a publication in Ouray called the Solid Muldoon almost 140 years ago, I take my hats off (I have more than one) to Mr. Todd and Beecher Threatt for continuing the legacy. You need not apologize in taking second for "best in class." It certainly was no "egg (whole-yoke) in the face."
What is most disturbing is the "big boys" of the printed page amalgamating every small-town weekly into nondescript oblivion. The danger is in losing that camaraderie and community spirit that can only be found in a publication like the Plaindealer. Where else can you find a "yellow brick road" where everyone is rushing to make a "deposit” (not a banking term in this context)? Hey. These are bonafide issues.
My final thought is that a small-town weekly goes the way of e-subscriptions. Not good. By that I mean only e-subscriptions. I was not raised in the computer age. It's not that I have anything against these machines. I prefer hard copy. The fact that publishers are having to cough up more dough for newspaper (trees) is even more disconcerting. E-subscriptions would certainly save trees; that is, if the pine bark beetles don’t devour them first. Which is no doubt creating a dearth of a precious resource? That and wildfires. Law of supply and demand. Hmmm….
I see another book in the future. “The Pine Bark Beetle: Catastrophe in the Making,” written by Hugh M. Down, edited by Will Burnem and illustrated by Manny Buggs. Remember, you’re in the “noosepaper” business. So continue “hanging” in there and keep up the good work. David Frakes Day would be proud.
Newport News, Virginia