Letter from the Editor: Today’s paper looks different: We know.


First Posted: 6/22/2013

Today’s Sunday Dispatch includes several tributes to John Watson, who died June 13 in Seattle, so it seems appropriate to me that I title this piece “Letter from the Editor,” the name John gave to his personal column.

The reason for this “letter” from me to you is undoubtedly obvious. Your Sunday Dispatch looks different. Really different.

When one of the past presidents of Luzerne County Community College was about to make some major changes he brought together the couple of hundred people who worked at the college and began his remarks by asking everyone to fold their arms. Then he told them to unfold them and fold them the opposite way. (You do that right now.)

“It feels different, doesn’t it?” he said, and of course all agreed.

“And that’s a little change,” he added.

The changes in your Sunday Disptch are not little changes. The paper looks strange today. Please know that it looks strange to us, too. And it felt strange working on it.

But as John Watson pointed out when the Sunday Dispatch, his family’s newspaper, was sold to Capital Cities in 1989, being able to change and adapt is what will ensure the Sunday Dispatch’s future. And that is the goal.

So please bear with us. We may look different, but we are just as committed to bringing you the quality local newspaper that you are accustomed to and that you deserve.

Send comments to me at eackerman@psdispatch.com or call 570-602-0175.

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