No doubt about it, I’m a fella who likes his daily newspaper printed.
Each work morning at The Gazette, I pour myself a cup of coffee, settle at my desk, and read our newspaper from cover to cover — news, sports, obits, commentary, the whole shebang.
I then go and wash the ink off my hands.
Used to be when I was traveling out of town, perusing the local newspaper was the highlight of the day, preferably over breakfast with three or four cups of black coffee.
But, I’m also a fella who’s nearly 67 years old.
A fella who thinks Neil Diamond is the greatest singer-songwriter ever.
A fella who hasn’t enjoyed a Super Bowl halftime show since Bruce Springsteen in 2008.
A fella who still likes to listen to baseball on the radio for goodness sake.
And, a fella who on the mornings he is not working, reads the E-Edition of The Gazette online on his iPad.
“The times,” to quote Bob Dylan, who is perhaps the world’s worst singer-songwriter ever, “they are a changin.”
A lot of folks no longer take the time to settle with the newspaper over coffee.
A lot of folks prefer to access their news on their schedule and on their device of choice, not when the printed product arrives in the pre-dawn darkness on the sidewalk or in the driveway.
A lot of folks, in other words prefer a digital subscription to our newspaper, and it will never be cheaper or easier to get such a subscription than it is right now.
From now until the end of the month, Monday, Feb. 28, a six-month subscription to our digital product costs only $1. That’s right. No misprint. A digital subscription can be purchased for roughly 16 cents per month.
Want an even better deal?
On Tuesday, Feb. 22, also known as 02-22-2022, you can purchase a two-year digital subscription for just $22.
That’s right. Just one dollar a month for the next two years.
And just what do you get for that lofty outlay of cash?
Well, for openers you get access to our daily E-Edition. That means you can go to our website, click on the E-Edition tab near the top, and see that day’s edition of The Gazette exactly as it appears in print.
You can turn the pages as you would if holding the printed product, blow stories up, even “clip” stories out to email or to put on social media.
In addition, the daily E-Edition often includes special sections prepared by USA TODAY on topics such as sports, science, the environment, and politics.
The daily E-Edition is, however, just the beginning of what you’ll receive as a digital subscriber.
All stories on our website, including those devoted to breaking news that are likely to be updated several times during the day, are yours to access.
Prefer to get your news on Facebook? All stories posted on our Facebook page are also available to you.
Become a digital subscriber, and you’ll never again hit our paywall. You’ll never be told you have reached your limit of stories.
Everything we produce — news, sports, obituaries, even this old man’s columns — is available as soon as we put it online.
I’m going to close by being honest.
The last two years have not been kind to The Gazette, or to any other newspaper in the country.
COVID-19 and the resultant business slowdown hit us hard.
Our revenues have fallen and the size of our staff has been reduced dramatically.
But we proudly remain your local news source and we continue to take our jobs and our responsibilities seriously — to print the news, to speak the truth, and to ask the necessary questions.
If you want to support local journalism, it has never been easier or cheaper to do so.
(Want to learn more about a digital subscription. Simply go to the bottom of The Gazette’s webpage at gastongazette.com and under the “Stay Connected” logo, click on the “Subscribe Today” tab.
Bill Poteat, who would rather listen to a cat run over by a lawnmower than to Bob Dylan sing, may be reached at 704-869-1855 or email@example.com.