Your Voice: In need of more newspaper
by Bart Aldaco, Tracy
Jan 11, 2013 | 3667 views | 4 4 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print

I grew up in Tracy in the 1950s and 60s, and I can remember the Tracy Press being published on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The population then was only about 15,000 or so. The population now is, I believe, around 80,000. I find it hard to believe that there are not enough newsworthy events happening in Tracy to support the Press for more than just one day of publication.

It is mostly of local events and news, but it could include some area, national and even world news. For me to keep up on the news, I had subscribed to the Stockton Record, but the price of that subscription became unaffordable. Also, I leave my house for work at 5 a.m., and the Record would not be delivered by that time, so I canceled my subscription.

I believe that the Press would be fair in its subscription fee. I also know that in today’s Internet world, I can keep up on all news and events on the Internet or television — but call me old-fashioned or whatever, I still enjoy sitting down with a cup of Joe and reading the paper before I go off to work.

The people of Tracy deserve more than just a one-day-a-week newspaper.
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January 12, 2013
There is not much reason to produce newspapers anymore. I am no greenie but its kind of silly and wasteful. Why waste all that wood that could be left as trees or used for something else? I ready TP all the time. Online. Every so often a paper copy shows up in my driveway and either goes right into the trash or gets used in my fireplace. Its just so much more convenient to read it online. No pages to flip. No ink on the hands. No mess to clean up after reading.
January 11, 2013
you are in the vast minority, the truth is newspapers around the country are closing all the time.

The way papers used to make their money is not from the subsriptions, but from the ads - both classified and regular. Classified ads are gone pretty much, Craigs List and Ebay have killed them.
January 11, 2013
With all due respect Mr. Aldaco, if you think the people of Tracy “deserve” more than a once-a-week newspaper, then they need to be able to support it. A newspaper cannot survive on subscription revenue alone (which by way, subscription costs probably just cover the costs of delivering the paper) it needs advertisers to generate their income. The ad rates a newspaper can charge an advertiser is based on the number of subscribers, and the less subscription base, the less the newspapers can charge an advertiser and therefore the less services they can afford to offer. So if you cancel your subscription, then you are only part of the problem, not the solution.

I am like you, “old fashioned” and enjoy sitting down with the newspaper. I subscribe to two dailies. But in today’s digital world, newspaper subscribers are fleeing in droves, and unless something draconian changes, you will see newspapers continue to contract, not expand.

January 20, 2013
Thank you sdsailor... I love the paper newspaper and read everything in it.. even the ads and legal notices. Even once a week satisfies my need for a paper newspaper. Thank you Tracy Press new owners... keep them coming.

Hey, complainers. It's fee, so no gripe coming.

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