Other papers have done this, and I have to say I'm rather surprised by the Patriot's move. It's coming off a Pulitzer Prize winning year. It's a quality newspaper.
It makes me sad. Growing up, I loved the thump of the morning newspaper, The Tribune, hitting the front porch at dawn. I lived for the clank of the mail box lid dropping, signaling the afternoon paper, The Times, had arrived.
When I started in the biz, Scranton still had two fiercely competitive papers. The reporters were great guys, and as a pup in journalism, I looked up to them, and I was tickled when we got to be friends.
I was there when The Tribune closed, and it hurt to watch my colleagues clean out their desks. Journalism in Scranton was never the same.
It's clear the Patriot's owners see no future in print.
KMart sees a future in Edwardsville.
It's not hard to figure out. Follow the money.
The owners of the Patriot don't see a viable economic future in print. KMart's parent company makes a lot of money in Edwardsville. The store is in the top ten per cent of the chain, so it rebuilds, flood, after flood, after flood, after flood, after flood.
Harrisburg Patriot, I'll miss the glory days. KMart, welcome back.