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Fist of all, congratulations to Congresswoman-elect Niki Tsongas and her campaign staff. She is going to Washington just in time to vote to override the President’s veto of a bill to expand the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Hopefully she will also have an opportunity later on this week to cast a vote in favor of H. Res 106, the Armenian Genocide resolution (more on this later).
Most of the blogs (BMG, Richard Howe) are discussing this election, so I do not want to repeat anything that can be found somewhere else. Lynne attended last night’s celebration and I am sure when she returns to her computer she will give us her views on this Democratic victory.
Today in addition to an historic election, I discovered that the Lowell Sun has an excellent new tool, The Sun “Electronic Edition.” It is the hard copy of the paper presented electronically and it is available at 6:00 a.m. There is a fee involved, I think $5.99/month but you can try it out for free for one month.
It is very easy to maneuver and looks just like the hard copy; ads, color photos, headlines, etc…. I certainly will subscribe to it. First, it saves me from buying it at the local DD every morning; second, I do not have to lug all my newspapers to a recycling bin and third. I still have to play with it some more to discover all of its features but I think this is a winner.
Most major newspapers’ have abandoned the “pay-to-read” business model for their on-line version; instead they are relying on increasing readership thus increasing their ad revenue. But the Sun is a regional paper with a local focus; the majority of its subscribers are used to reading the hard copy. However, in order for the paper to remain viable in the future, it needs to have a better electronic version. I do not know if this is it but it is a good beginning.
By the way, this new tool does not allow us to link to it. So anyone wanting to do it will still have to wait for midday for the Sun’s “on-line” version to be posted.
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