Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Did you know an annual subscription to The Palm Beach Post cost $683.79?

Almost seven hundred dollars a year for the print edition and online access.

Wow. That’s pretty steep, isn’t it?

Many of you who subscribe to The Palm Beach Post* are hopping mad today.

And that will be understandable when you see the news on page A1 above the fold. And the public who hasn’t seen that news in the Post today will be hopping mad later when they hear about that irresponsible and reckless story on the front page about Palm Beach County Commissioner Dave Kerner.

In response to the editor(s) at the Post here is what Commissioner Dave Kerner wrote:

I am ready, willing, and able to defend any policy proposal I put forward. I am ready to discuss any policy proposal my colleagues or constituents put forward. Always strive to do your best, and be unafraid in doing so.

Note that on page B1 in the ‘LOCAL’ section, above the fold in today’s paper is this news from Charles Elmore headlined, “Florida gas prices drop to 16-month low”.

The news from Charles Elmore should have been front page news today; not pushed off the front page and buried in the LOCAL section.

However, the editor(s) at the Post chose another story for page A1 instead.

Commissioner Kerner is now the Vice Mayor of Palm Beach County. And many of you who know him understand how committed he is. And for the Post to associate Kerner with the loaded word ‘slush’ as in “slush funds” is about as dirty as the press can get.

So what is the public to do?

Don’t get mad. Relax and take a deep breath. And then think about what to do next.

Maybe cancel your subscription to the Post. To do that click on this link or send an email to: subscriberservices@gatehousemedia.com

Or contact the office of Commissioner Kerner and leave a message of support: click on this link for contact information.

Another thing you can to is write a letter to the editor at the Post. And ask how something so irresponsible could be published in that newspaper.

Your letter could make tomorrow’s print edition or receive the biggest prize of all: Get published in the Sunday paper.

The instructions and helpful tips are below and it only takes about 5–10 minutes to submit a proper Letter to the Editor (LTE):

The Instructions:

How to properly compose and submit an LTE. The simple steps:

  • Keep your LTE to 150–200 words in length. The “shorter the better” is a good rule.
  • An LTE submitted by email (see below) is the best method and remember to include your name, daytime phone number and complete address.
  • To draw attention to your cause engage like-minded “average citizens” to write LTEs on the same subject.
  • Listing your credentials will help greatly; and then the part that so many people forget: Always follow up your LTE!

This is very important:

  • Once you have submitted your LTE follow up with an email or fax (fax number below) later that day or the next morning.
  • Then later, call or contact the editorial department and explain why your letter is important. The editor of the editorial page is Rick Christie: 561-820-4476; email: rchristie@pbpost.com
  • Don’t be timid! Stay pleasant and respectful but make a strong pitch.
  • And to hammer it home just ask outright, “Are you planning to publish my letter?”

So get cracking and have your LTE published in
the Post, hopefully some day very soon:

  • Email: letters@pbpost.com
  • Fax: 561-820-4728
  • Phone: 561-820-4476

Using snail mail:

Palm Beach Post
ATTN: Letter to Editor (LTE)
2751 S. Dixie Highway
West Palm Beach, FL 33405

Write an LTE today and remember to follow up with the editor.

*GateHouse Media is the owner of The Palm Beach Post.
     As reported by Post business reporter Jeff Ostrowski: “Fortress Investment Group LLC is contracted to manage and advise New Media Investments Inc., which owns GateHouse Media, the parent company of The Palm Beach Post.”