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Change Comes With Challenges

By Steve Rensberry, Editor

With changes come hiccups. Such has been the case with the Times-Tribune this year, which has undergone a number of design and coverage area changes. Add to that staff changes and changes in how we prepare and mail the paper each Wednesday. Delivery has been one such hiccup, mostly due to things beyond our control. Let me be the first to apologize to anyone whose paper has not arrived at its normal time, or not at all in some cases. We update our subscriber list weekly, mail them religiously each Wednesday, and drop ship them to local Post Offices in our coverage area to speed up delivery, but errors can and do happen, so please let us know if there’s a problem and we’ll do what we can to get it fixed as soon as possible. If you live close by and your paper does not arrive on its usual day, please come into the office for a complimentary copy. If we’re able to drop one off that day, we’ll do so.

Newspapers across the country have faced challenging and difficult times in the last 10-15 years, times that have sometimes required significant change in the way they do things — from photo processing to layout to printing and distributing. As challenging as it is, our goal is not only to survive but to thrive. As a business we need to make a profit, but we also want you to feel as though it is “your” community paper, a vehicle that provides a weekly snapshot of community life and events where you live, and something that you can not only read and enjoy but contribute to.  Is the club or organization you’re involved with participating in an activity or giving out awards? Do you have an issue you’re concerned about that you’d like other people to know about? Send it our way, or write a letter to the editor.

A word about coverage: With the addition of Collinsville to our coverage area, some readers are understandably glad (mainly Collinsville readers), and some not quite so much (mainly those who were used to the former layout and more limited coverage area). All in all however, the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. None of the changes are beyond review, however, so your thoughts are always welcome!

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