By KEITH PONDER
Glasgow Daily Times
In our 148-year history, the Times has been a witness to many changes in our community and within the walls of our own institution. From its formidable early years during Reconstruction and the shaping of the place that we came to know and love, the Times has connected people to the community, connected people to business and generally worked intently to make things better in our community.
Monday marks another one of those changes in our own institution as we go about the business of providing the most complete news source for our community. We won’t be producing a Monday edition this week or on Mondays in the future. Just as our predecessors for nearly 15 decades have adapted to the realities of the world around Glasgow, we must continue to adapt and adjust too.
The decision to suspend Monday editions wasn’t reached lightly. Our commitment is to continue to provide our community with the best possible newspaper it will support. We have invested in the largest news-gathering team in the area, a Frankfort bureau reporter to bring you coverage from the Capitol, outstanding sports coverage, Associated Press coverage of the state and nation, and a host of correspondents, columnists and features that can only be found in the pages of your Glasgow Daily Times.
The threat to our weekend delivery methods, as the U.S. Postal Service considered suspending Saturday service, has been deferred for now but for how long remains uncertain. Knowing how important that is to our readers while understanding the significant cost increase of delivering it to your home also factored into the Monday decision. We also weighed our desire to preserve our news-gathering and news-producing team that has told the stories of our community daily for 60 years. In our view, eliminating the Monday edition, the smallest of the week and one impacted most by Monday holidays, was the best option available to us to protect and preserve the Weekender and the work of our news team.
The changes are necessary for the continued health and well-being of our newspaper – your newspaper – and the work we do on your behalf in the community.
A friend expressed concern about how we were doing. I told him, and would tell you also, we’re adapting just like this newspaper has always adapted. Through Reconstruction, the Great Depression, two world wars, the great recession and everything in between — technology, boom times and hardtimes – we’ve adjusted the sails to the winds.
I appreciate you for reading our work in whatever form you are reading — especially those of you who recognize there can be no free lunch. Producing quality content comes with a price tag, so does distributing that content. That work represents our best efforts to serve you and your neighbors.
We are working hard for your continued support as the sails are adjusted. I’d ask that you encourage your family and neighbors to join us in the journey forward, as well. We’re building a community of engaged, informed readers and we want everyone to share in that journey as we all continue to build upon this special place we all call home.
Keith Ponder is publisher for the Glasgow Daily Times. He can be contacted by e-mail at email@example.com.