A tough call for tough times | Publisher's Column

Donna Etchey
Posted 1/19/22

Families and businesses across the country have been hit by higher costs and inflation in recent months. It’s left many to make some hard decisions at home — and here at The Leader, as …

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A tough call for tough times | Publisher's Column

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Families and businesses across the country have been hit by higher costs and inflation in recent months. It’s left many to make some hard decisions at home — and here at The Leader, as well.

Costs are rising in nearly every aspect of our business, from postage rate increases at alarming rates to the skyrocketing cost of the paper we need to keep the presses running.

That’s prompted The Leader to make the difficult decision to make a modest increase in our subscription rates.

It’s the first time in years we’ve asked readers to pay a bit more for their local paper, but it’s something we need to do to be able to continue to serve a community that we’ve been a part of since 1889.

We hope readers understand our commitment to the community and the need to invest in local journalism.

Local journalism is critical for democracy. Newspapers help sustain cultures and communities, educate and inform, and hold local governments accountable. They preserve history, help shape the future, and foster a sense of closeness - especially over the ups and downs that we have all experienced in these past few years.  

We share the stories of people who call Jefferson County home. But we need boots on the ground, reporting day in and day out, from commissioner, council, port and school board meetings, to the arts and entertainment community, school sports, courts — from Port Townsend to Brinnon and beyond. 

But, we could not do that without your support.  If it is important to you, we want to hear from you. I appreciate and respect the passion that you have in the many causes and groups that you all represent. 

It truly is a privilege to serve our community, and as always, if there is something we miss or something you want to share with us, please give me a call or send me an email at detchey@ptleader.com

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  • MargeS

    A little history, when the Leader started October 2, 1889 the price for a copy was pennies. The price was raised periodically through the years. In 1943 the price was raised to $2.50 a year [service men $1.50 per year]. In 1958 the rate advanced 50 cents to $3.50. In 1981 it increased 30 cents a copy, In 1985 the cost went up from $12 a year to $18. 1993 a subscription was $19, single copy 60 cents. And in 1995 the price went to 75 cents from 60 cents.

    I paid for my yearly subscription this year $52 up from $47 in 2017.

    So I spend $1 a week for the Leader, which includes online subscription, and they keep me informed about what’s happening in Jefferson County. I think it’s a bargain!

    Monday, January 24 Report this