I've been a harsh critic of the News and Observer's editoral pages for years. Under Steve Ford's leadership, the pages have taken on a wishy-washy character that is unbecoming of a major regional paper.
So I was surprised this morning to see that Mr. Ford actually took a stand on something important to our nation. He endorsed Samuel ScAlito to join the US Supreme Court. (It's ironic that the New York Times, a source of much of the N&O's news content, chose today to call for a filibuster against the nominee.)
So hats off to Mr. Ford. It takes a lot of backbone to speak the courage of your convictions.
When I called to cancel my subscription this morning, the nice lady in circulation asked if I was having problem with delivery. 'No,' I said. 'I'm having a problem with your editorial pages.' I hope you'll join me in letting the N&O know your displeasure.
You can reach Mr. Ford at this email: email@example.com
And don't forget to vote with your pocketbook. You can talk to the nice lady in circulation by calling 829-4700.
PS I'll do my best to avoid any future links to the N&O. It'll be hard, because their state and local news is pretty darn good. But a blogger's gotta do what a blogger's gotta do.
I have lived in some areas, namely Denver, where the local paper would be delivered free because they made more on advertising than the cost of circulation. If the N&O did that, I might subscribe for entertainment. As is, I can read the same crap online without the need to physically destroy the paper required to print it.