My letter did have one bit of misinformation. Pasek Pharmacy lives on. That’s how I learned that my letter was in the paper. The new owner called and corrected me – very nicely I might add. He said he would send me a Pasek Teddy Bear and will now work to correct my report that the drug store is closed.
I told him that just after I wrote of his drug store’s demise that I saw an ad for the new drug store which is located just below the old YWCA. I asked him if the paper corrected my death notice (because of yesterday’s blizzard the Trib has yet to arrive at my house) and he told me they hadn’t.
I better make my mea culpa more public. If I get a teddy I’ll take a picture and post it before giving it to my grandson.
I frankly didn’t think the Trib would print my most recent letter to the editor. I was wrong and bless the editors for letting me use them as a punching bag.
I’ve always been impressed with a good newspaper’s willingness to let their readers read them the riot act. That’s not usually true of small local weeklies like the Proctor Journal who’s owner recently was appointed by the City Council to fill a city council vacancy despite his owing $200,000 in unpaid back taxes to Proctor. It probably helped that the Journal wouldn’t publish a story about Proctor Mayor Anderson’s using his position as President of the Proctor Economic Development Authority to purchase a $200,000 parcel of city land for $50,000 even though the State Auditor described the deal as malfeasance.
My guess is that the journalists on the Trib are furious with the medaling by Forum Communications and its stripping down of the paper to save money which gives subscribers less reason to read it and which in turn gives advertisers less reason to buy ads. Its a death spiral. Snotty letters like mine may be one way of letting their corporate overlords know how shortsighted their business decisions are.
Save the Duluth News TribuneÂ I don’t know what good this will do but it sure is a good cause (notwithstanding my occassional pot shots at the Trib).
The official source for all the blather of the eccentric Harry Welty – Duluth School Board member, off and on, since 1995. He does his best to live up to Mark Twain's assessment: "First God created the idiot. That was for practice. Then he invented the School Board."