-Hearty congratulations to Coach George Ashcraft and the Watertown Red & Black on winning this years Empire Football League championship. The 6-0 hard-fought win over the Plattsburgh North Stars came before some 3000 fans at the Alex Duffy Fairgrounds.
This is the first championship since the memorable 1980 season.
The City appreciates those dedicated coaches, athletes and fans who have kept the Red & Black tradition alive for 113 years as the nation's oldest semi-pro team.
-As we told you a few days back the local newspaper is raising their single copy price from 50 to 75 cents. I know....that's a 50% hike in the midst of a recession and that's what you will hear from those longing for the demise of the WDT. As I told Times staffers, a dollar would be fine....it's not so much the amount as much as it is content.
I buy a NY Post every day for a dollar and don't gripe. I happen to think there is a role for print journalism in the electronic world, although it will require imagination and innovation to find the model that works.
Clearly no amount of price hikes will alter the realities of declining circulation, but I can sympathize with the difficulties of continuing a publishing tradition in this market.
I wish publishers well in devising plans to bring content to the community, because in the end it's content not the medium that is important.
-Speaking of content, Jude writes in today's WDT that the major party candidates for Congress are ducking the "public option" debate. That means Mr. Owens wants to be the Blue Dog Democrat endorsed by the far left Working Families Party......And for DeDe, she just can't say no to all those labor people her husband keeps introducing her to. To be upset about equivocation on this issue would be the same as being outraged to discover gambling in a casino.