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Here’s what everyone is talking about this week:

Say a person pays in advance for a product and service then the supplier says I know you paid for it but I can make more money if I reduce the product and service. Heck I will let you look at it on your compter so you should not complain. Would you recommend contacting the attorney general's office? — Charley Duncan

[ Editor’s Note: Every now and then, I get a text, I read it, I write an immediate response… and then I erase the whole thing and start over. This is one of those times. Clearly you are displeased with the idea that we have changed our print schedule. I get that. Full disclosure, I’m not superhappy about it either. I mean, I get that it’s a necessary step in the evolution of our business and a reflection of the economic landscape for the newspaper industry as a whole, but the truth is, if we did not need to do it in order to stay in business, we wouldn’t be doing it. And we knew once we decided to make the move, we would have complaints. No one likes change. Even me. I kept buying and listening to cassette tapes long after the rest of the world had moved on to CDs. We’ll have some growing pains. We’ll probably lose some customers. Hopefully, we’ll gain some as well. It’s a risk, but it’s a risk we decided we ultimately needed to take if we were going to adapt to the modern news business. You say you are a paid- in- advance subscriber? Well, let me thank you for your business. I’ve said it before, but we value every single person who reads our paper. Hopefully, you received a notice not too long ago that we sent to all of our paid- in- advance subscribers explaining the change and further explaining that customers who have paid in advance will have their subscription lengths extended in proportion to the remaining time on their subscriptions. Example: If you paid for a one- year subscription at five issues per week, that subscription will now extend an additional 20 weeks at three issues per week. And, just FYI, your paid- inadvance subscription includes access to our online edition and web site at no additional cost, should you be interested in and have access to those features. With all of that being said, if you still feel like you need to contact the Attorney General’s Office, the number is ( 501) 682- 2007]

*** Internet is wonderful but maybe I just do not know how to find it, but what is the story of Jack Coughlin? What happened to him during and after his time as editor of a West Memphis News? Great story on the Old Wonder. That’s what I believe a newspaper should be, human interest stories, past and present.

[ Editor’s Note: The problem you are going to run into is that there is a more famous “ Jack Coughlin” who had a distinguished military career and has since become a successful author, including a series of novels and his autobiography “ Shooter.” Outside of his noteworthiness surrounding efforts to have a school built for black children in West Memphis, there appears to be very little infor-mation available on “ our” Jack Coughlin. Considering this was 60 years ago, there are probably not too many locals who would be able to provide anything on Mr.

Coughlin, but perhaps someone out there in our readership could tell us something?]

*** Ralph Hardin’s story in Evening Times about 3 criminals from Memphis arrested in C’ville did not state that the 17 year old raped the 70 year old woman in her Memphis home before she was kidnapped. News reports in Memphis stated she was raped. Why was it not reported here? Where’s the outrage about this horrible crime? [ Editor’s Note: At the time of the original information I received, the rape was not listed among the details of the case. Once I did have access to that information, I chose not to do a follow- up just for the specific purpose of including that detail, since neither the victim or the perpetrators had any ties to the Crittenden County community. The Memphis news outlets were quite willing to mention it though, but I don’t think there was any more outrage on that side of the river. It was, indeed, a horrible crime, and I am very glad that the concerned citizen called it in to the sheriff and they were able to apprehend those involved. A terrible incident but a great example of the “ see something, say something” mantra that we and local police agencies have been touting as more and more people seem to be reluctant to help in solving and prosecuting crimes]

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