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THE END, I want my Ligonier Echo IN Ligonier and active in my lovely town. I was less than thrilled about it before with all the changes and lack of coverage. I have said little on this subject but that boils me when a small town newspaper and used to be all about our town has truly changed and is leaving.....
The beginning of the end was the day the Trib purchased the Ligonier Echo. Richard Scaife, owner of the Trib has subsidized the Pittsburgh Tribune Review to the tune of 20/30 million a year since 1992 according to this article in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07266/819835-85.stm From the PG: "The divorce documents show that Mr. Scaife has subsidized the Pittsburgh paper -- one of the few Tribune-Review Publishing properties not showing a profit -- for more than $140 million. Attorneys for Mrs. Scaife say the figure is actually $244 million."I think Mr. Scaife's priority is to eliminate the Post Gazette and I'm afraid the Ligonier Echo will become a casualty in the meantime. It is sad that our Ligonier Echo, so loved by so many, could become a supplement to the Trib. If you get the Trib, you have to have noticed the changes in it. Certainly much thinner and if you removed the ads it might end up being about 8-10 pages. In addition to that, 30% of the stories are read on the internet the previous day. Times are a changing...
I have been reading this blog everyday for a while now,from just about the time of the bring back Rick postings.Losing the Ligonier Echo really irks me.I knew from the time that I heard about it being sold to The Tribune Review it would be the begining of the end.I totally agree with Uncle Sam,it is a shame.
It sure is a shame. I used to look forward to reading it every week. I have no idea what production costs were to run a small town paper but the old Echo had a loyal readership. I hope the Ligonier Free Gazette will continue to run. Maybe they can pick up some more advertising since there is still a need and desire to hold paper on your hand. As much reading as I do on-line, I still like to hold paper and read.
Sadly, the Echo of the past year is not the same. I miss Rick Schwab's column. I learned so much about my new home from the stories and history as he presented it.With all the ads in that thin paper, you would think it could support itself. I guess not.
rumor has it that some of the smaller papers scaife bought up are now defunct...i anticipate the echo will be next, sadly...when rick was the editor, there was always something simmering on the editorial and letters pages...i noticed immediately after the scaife group came into play that the only letters posted were thank you letters!!!and NO editorials...an editor?? in fact, if i hadn't seen her ONCE since all this happened, i would think that the "new" editor was a name only...she NEVER attends ligoner functions...rick was there if a girl scout was getting a badge!!THAT IS WHAT OUR ECHO HAS ALWAYS BEEN ABOUT: local news from LIGONIER!! read 100 years back....doesn't it make you smile? we'll be reading..greensburg council held a meeting to ...etc....there will be no more ligonier...look around at what else is changing! check out the for sale signs....we are not who we were, that's for sure...and oh, how it saddens me...i hate something as rotten as this being stuffed down my throat!!!
so....if he wants to eliminate the post gazette, be it known that i am now reading the p.g. and boycotting the tribune review.....are there any followers out there? i feel like carrying a sign and picketing in front of all trib vendors!
The funny thing about all of these postings concerning the Echo is that none of you have any idea what yau are talking about. Has anyone ever heard of a reliable source? What I think is a shame is when afew people have nothing better to do than sit around and spread untrue gossip. Get your facts straight before you open your mouths. Ignorance is no excuse.
So, set us straight, Anon. ;)
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