Column: Change comes to the News-Topic

Nov. 09, 2013 @ 03:38 PM

The word “change” strikes fear in the hearts of many.

We’ve seen a change in software at work or home, a change in working hours, a change in bosses or a change in jobs. Change usually raises the anxiety level and even the blood pressure.

Most of us are creatures of habit, and adapting to change is not one of our favorite things to do. But as a friend in the newspaper business reminded me, we can count on three things: taxes, death and change. Over the last decade our entire country has had to face a changing world because of the economic downturn.

We’ve watched our retirement funds take a hit and then bounce back. We’ve watched millions of jobs move overseas and decimate our economy, and now we’re watching some of the jobs come back and slowly grow the economy. We’ve watched the world of the Internet explode with new applications. Our phones are no longer just devices for seeing whether we need to pick up milk on the way home from work but have become the ultimate communications device and portable computer.

Change really isn’t bad. It’s just different and takes some time to become acclimated.

And this weekend the News-Topic is also changing. As you know we have combined our Saturday and Sunday News-Topic into one publication that we have renamed the Weekend Edition. We needed to change to better meet the needs of the community, remain a viable source for community news and position ourselves for the future — a future that will see the News-Topic combine a strong print newspaper with Facebook, the Internet and applications that allow readers to obtain their news from a variety of sources.

We’ve combined the two editions into one stronger, heftier edition. The combination has allowed us to add new features that we hope that you, our readers, will enjoy.

We’re not unlike many other newspapers in the country. Newspapers in communities such as Cleveland, Ohio, and New Orleans, La., have already reduced the days that they deliver their newspaper to homes. We’re like many other newspapers in the country that continue to expand their Internet and social media offerings.

I am blessed that our staff is dedicated and hardworking. We will continue to work hard to provide the best possible newspaper and expand other avenues for delivering community news to you. We appreciate your support. Thank you!