Small city, local paper, but I was still excited. I've probably written five letters to the paper in the last year. Their Senior Editor has become a supportive friend. If you're interested in the paper itself, I included a link in the title of the previous post.
The Sun-Star, when I moved here, was almost a throwaway. Very conservative and very little news except for that copied from AP. That was almost 13 years ago. They changed owners a couple of years ago and shifted gears. Now they're owned by the same company that publishes the Fresno, Modesto, and Sacramento Bee's. I'm not sure why we're not the Merced Bee but the Sun-Star name has been around for a while.
The letters seem to run about 50-50 pro and con on the various issues. And yes, I've received some flak but nothing too hateful. What surprised me was the support I received after my first letter, about Iraq. People came out of the woodwork that I never would have thought of as progressives.
I wasn't sure if it was going to run today or next week. Our Saturday paper is a weekend edition with most of the extra features. They called me yesterday morning for the photo and were going to email the questions immediately. Immediately was late afternoon - they sent to the wrong email address. I finally emailed my friend and she tracked it down but I threw those answers together in a hurry. There are a couple of typos but oh well.
Girls going to birthday party at the park today - Rochelle and Rebecca probably. Barbecue and probably a pinata. I'll hang around long enough to see what kind of a party it is.
More later. I still need to finish checking email and do a few things around here.