Last week’s reader poll on Nancy Pelosi’s speech ripping incident hit near record numbers of participation. It showed that 66.5 percent of our readers think her act was reprehensible. The other 33.5 percent voted that it was not a big deal. Last week, there weren’t a lot of great cartoons out there to choose from because the president’s speech came the night before we go to press in print. This week, I found one from our newly-contracted Tribune News Agency that I wish I had available the week before. We are running it this week since the issue hit a nerve.
This Pelosi cartoon comes from Phil Hands, the editorial cartoonist for the Wisconsin State Journal. Phil is the only cartoonist on the staff of any newspaper in Wisconsin. He is known as a fierce political moderate whose cartoons attack the extremists on both the left and the right, which I like because that is hard to find these days. Phil says he learned long ago that no political party has a monopoly on bad ideas.
Our second selected cartoon that made me chuckle is one about Joe Biden by David Fitzsimmons, of The Arizona Star in Tucson. It uses the new sarcastic saying “OK, Boomer” which boomers like myself are vulnerable to these days. To that, I say our generation had it’s own saying. It was “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me.”
A second Fitzimmons cartoon, on Bernie Sanders’ candidacy, made the cut as well. This guy is good!
We welcome a new guest columnist to our op-ed page that you may have heard of. Jonah Golberg is a well known conservative columnist who isn’t afraid to order something other than red meat off the commentary menu.
I have always respected that about Goldberg. He goes beyond beltway bickering and political pulp to offer readers hardcore analyses and razor-sharp criticism of policies, politicians and pop culture. Goldberg is the author of the best-seller “Liberal Fascism” and has quickly become one of the country’s most prominent voices for a new generation of conservatives. His debut column here talks about problems the Democrats are having in learning the lessons of why they lost the presidency in 2016.
A second guest column, on the Dems’ Bernie Sanders split, comes from Dick Polman (who we have featured here before).
After the New Hampshire primary, the Democrats’ quest to find someone that can beat their hated Donald Trump continues to dominate the news. That leads me to this week’s Post reader poll question: “After the New Hampshire primary, who do you now think will win the Democratic Presidential nomination?”
Local Guest ColumnWe did not have a local guest column this week that passed our editing guidelines. Keep in mind that we love giving local people a larger soapbox when they aren’t afraid to put their name and picture behind their viewpoint. But we hold these to a little higher standard – ordinary rants belong in the regular letters to the editor. If you have an opinion that you think measures up, one that has the “right stuff,” bring it on! It does not have to be about politics. I like it and so do our readers when we get on to other subjects that often a local person has a unique viewpoint on.
Remodeling and expanding The Post continuesYou may have noticed that we have been jiggering with the map boundaries of our local editions of The Post. This has always been a “Catch 22” (that shows my age) situation for us with many people wanting to see news and advertising from larger areas while others do not. Often, it depends upon which side of a town you live on and where you shop or where your extended family lives.
One of the biggest improvements we are making is that, starting next week, we will begin posting news live on the website. This will take a few weeks to roll out completely. The exciting thing about rolling out these website and email enhancements is we will be able to localize our news even more. That will allow us to increase both the volume and timeliness of our news.
This digital localization will go hand in hand with allowing us to produce a bigger and better print product with larger-sized print zones. The weekly Post will be higher quality and easier to read. Candidly, another factor is that, in this day and age, there are not enough independent, small-town businesses so there is less advertising to make it economical for us to print as many versions for free.
As the transition continues, the page count of our paper has been increasing. In fact, this week it got too big for our press, so at the last minute, we had to print it into two sections. When all our changes are done, it will continue to have more and better looking pages all in one handy, magazine-style format.
Localizing print is a much more expensive proposition than localizing digital. Those of you who fear you will miss any local news need to fear not. When all our investing in our enhanced digital software and staffing is done, you will have even more.
By the way, this also has us looking to hire more digital editors and reporters. Let Publisher Mike Trogdon or myself know if you or someone else you know is interested in applying. Many of new jobs the jobs can be done from home, but we always put a priority on hiring local.