THURSDAY’S LETTERS: ‘Star Tribune’ — a ‘Minny’ Reaction?

By: E&P Staff

Our several various stories yesterday about the surprising and sudden sale of the Star Tribune in Minneapolis brought several responses.

A selection appears below, along with some other topics.

Small Is (Still) Beautiful

It was encouraging to see that a significant part of your story about McClatchy?s sale of the Minneapolis Star Tribune included John T. Cribb?s comments noting the widening gap between what?s happening at smaller papers compared to the struggles of newspapers in metro markets.

This is an important piece of the story that provides depth and context to the ongoing saga of the evolution of the newspaper business. The difference between metropolitan markets and smaller regional markets is greater than ever, and stories about our business need to cover all of this changing environment.

Roger Plothow
Editor and Publisher
Post Register
Idaho Falls, Idaho

How about passing along a hint to the owners: If any newspaper in the U.S. suddenly started publishing the TRUTH, they would make billions….

Laura Knight-Jadczyk

It is not surprising to me and a lot of my colleagues that the “Star and Sickle” was sold for half price. The paper is a leftwing biased rag. It endorses every Democrat who comes down the pike whether they are any good or not. I haven’t subscribed in years. Why would I when I can read more balanced content, or more right leaning content as I prefer, on the internet from a variety of sources?

It is simply a matter of the publishers putting out an inferior product, one that easily half the people out there are going to disagree with. Why would I pay for that? It’s really just marketing 101 and they got a failing grade.

Gavin Keogh
President and CEO
Keomed, Inc.
Minnetonka, MN

E&P, Heal Thyself

I read your piece on the top ten 2006 trends and have to say that while I agree with your description of the top trend for 2006, I disagree with the header…”The Web Comes of Age.” It came of age a long time ago…only now are many editors and publishers finding out.

Which begs the question…when is going to allow comments (and thus allow conversations to start) and the end of articles? Like your commentaries. Seems a bit ironic that you’re telling us that the web came of age this past year, but you guys aren’t taking advantage of what it offers. We still have to submit ‘letters’ and hope you post/print them.

Why not allow your readers to directly add their comments at the end of each article?

Jonathan Trenn

The Late Show

Living in California, you can imagine how disappointed i was when my New York Times (national edition) and Wall St. Journal both failed to have the Gerald Ford (death) story in there on Wednesday. I know there’s the web…..but…..i’m old school.

Jeff Prescott
La Jolla, Ca.

Skirting the Issue

Back in 1960 Andy Warhol created a newspaper dress I believe it recently sold for a bundle. Once again the choice of what news is fit to print shows why newspapers are no longer fit to read.

Dave Horchak

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