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Bill Marcil Jr.: Thank you for staying with us

Technology is an incredible thing. It allows us to stay connected with friends and family who live halfway across the world and shop for anything under the sun without ever getting up from the couch. It gives us the ability to see photos of our grandchildren who can only visit once a year and find new recipes to make at Thanksgiving that will inevitably turn out worse than the pictures. It opens us up to a whole new world wide web of possibilities.

But in doing so, it also disrupts the industries we’ve come to know and love.

Where you once hailed a taxi and paid a driver from a cab company, you now request an Uber or Lyft from your phone and pay your neighbor down the street. Where you used to rent a DVD from your neighborhood Blockbuster, you now pay a monthly subscription to Netflix or Hulu and select your favorite shows from the comfort of home. Where many used to look forward to the Monday morning paper at their doorstep, a majority are now getting their news in real-time by visiting our websites from their desktop, phone or tablet.

As you know, the decline in print subscribers during this age of digital disruption has led us to forego one day of print editions at many of our publications, including this one. It’s a decision that has been hard for many people. It’s a decision that has been hard for us. Change always is.

When we announced that our Monday print edition would be discontinued, many of our readers feared that meant the Monday news was going away. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. Newspaper is a medium – one we are very passionate about continuing the remaining days of the week. But paper does not make the news. We do. And even though you may not see a Monday paper on your doorstep, we will continue to deliver the news 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. And we can do that because of our talented teams of reporters and editors, because of the people in our communities who allow us into their homes, schools and neighborhoods and – because of technology.

You see, even though technology is a disruptor, pushing us outside of our comfort zones, it also allows us to do things we’ve never done before. It lets us deliver a digital replica of the news via our e-edition just after midnight so you can read the headlines on your own time and in your preferred format. It allows us to email you the daily headlines you care most about for the mornings when you only have time to skim. And it enables our reporters to more easily capture video to accompany their stories, so you can feel like you were right there beside them, even when you were miles away.

Technology is improving every day, and so are we. You’ll soon see changes to our websites and mobile apps to reflect that, as our teams are currently working to make improvements to our digital experiences to deliver the content you want, when and where you want it.

I know the change in our print run has been hard for some people – mainly because I’m one of them. But from the bottom of my heart, I want to thank you for trusting us and continuing to support us as we navigate these changes, together.

We can deliver the news without paper. We can’t deliver the news without you. So thank you for supporting us in the changes that have already taken place and for trusting us as we inevitably face changes in the future.

Technology isn’t going anywhere. But neither are we. For more than a hundred years, we have been committed to serving our communities by being the best source of local news you can trust. Thank you for allowing us to continue that tradition.  

Bill Marcil, Jr. 

CEO of Forum Communications Company

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