An open letter to Greeley Gazette readers

Dear Greeley Gazette reader,

How often do you hear people complain about the liberal media? I don’t know about you, but I hear it all the time not just from friends, but from people I encounter while conducting business and just being out and about.

This is one of the reasons for the demise of many newspapers. A recent report revealed that printed Newspapers are rapidly going the way of the dinosaurs.

There used to be a time when the media and journalists would ask difficult questions of our political leaders, that is why we are referred to as the Fourth Estate. Our founding fathers understood this and one of the key reasons that in addition to providing for the right to practice one’s religion freely, they also guaranteed the freedom of the press.

They understood that the government needed someone to monitor them to ensure they were staying within the bounds of the Constitution. The other reason was to enable Christians to be able to freely proclaim the gospel without fear of persecution. These freedoms we take for granted were mostly unknown throughout the world prior to the adoption of our Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

Over the years much of the press has been co-opted by groups who are now more interested in having relationships with politicians and advancing a liberal agenda than in reporting the truth.

At the Greeley Gazette we have attempted to be something different.

We not only attempt to hold government officials accountable at our local, state and national level, we are not afraid to go against the grain and question elected officials for their votes on issues such as the Patriot Act and their use of taxpayer dollars.

We don’t pretend that abortion is OK or that same-sex marriage is good, that more government is the solution to our problems, that the Constitution is old-fashioned or that the Federal Reserve is good for America. We also believe that radical Islam is a threat to America and we are not afraid of labels such as “homophobe” or “Islamophobe.”

We don’t mock ordinary patriotic Americans trying to fix what is wrong in their country. Unlike other media we don’t simply repeat press statements by the White House or the Associated Press; we take time to conduct our own research. When writing about court decisions or legislation, our reporters, unlike politicians actually read the text of the legislation or decision.

While we are a small operation and do not have the large newsrooms or resources of the major news outlets, there have been instances where we have been ahead of the mainstream media. For instance, last week Reuters reported that the United States was considering giving missile defense secrets to the Russians.

We reported on this almost two months before Reuters ran their story. Several of our stories have been picked up and reported on by national media outlets.

We are one of the only media outlets to actively cover the story of president Obama’s eligibility. In fact when a former Greeley resident, Lt. Col. Terry Lakin was convicted for disobeying orders after failing to get answers from his superiors over Obama’s eligibility to be commander-in-chief, we were the only media outlet from Colorado to attend his court marital.

We also report on attempts to advance the homosexual and abortion agenda. We don’t follow the liberal party line when covering the issue. Despite frequent criticism for “not following AP guidelines” we place the word “gay” in quotes because we still subscribe to the traditional meaning of the word which means a sense of euphoria. We also do not refer to new regulations allowing homosexuals to serve in the military as a repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

If that were accurate then the military would have returned to the regulations before that policy was implemented by Bill Clinton, meaning recruiters would have again asked potential recruits if they were homosexuals. We use the more accurate term of “repealing the Revolutionary War ban on homosexuals serving.”

We do not use the term pro-choice we call them abortion advocates, and are not afraid to remind readers that Planned Parenthood was founded by a eugenicist

We have also written stories on the trials faced by Christians around the world including Iraq and Afghanistan and other attacks on Christians from the government and groups such as the ACLU and Freedom From Religion Foundation.

Many people in our community and around the country have told us they appreciate us for providing an alternative to the traditional liberal spin put out by the rest of the media on the issues. We want to say we are endlessly grateful for all of those who read us and trust us for their news.

However, what you may not realize is that is not easy being one of the lone voices fighting against political correctness , taking on the media elite, bucking the tide of conventional wisdom and constantly challenging tyranny, lies and injustice.

My point is this: If you believe, as Thomas Jefferson did, that “the only security of all is in a free press,” and if you want to see major growth in the Greeley Gazette’s kind of courageous, watchdog reporting – rather than the submissive, lapdog approach coming from what Rush Limbaugh calls today’s “state-run media” – I’m asking you to consider becoming a Greeley Gazette “subscriber.”

Our website is free and unlike the other newspaper in town, the Greeley Tribune; we have no intention of charging for reading our stories. However, here is what I am getting at.

Traditionally, newspapers have relied on advertising and reader subscriptions for financial support. But in the Internet age, we find we can deliver the news to far more people including those overseas by keeping the service free. Does that mean we have to lose the needed subscription revenue? Not necessarily.

It’s a time-honored tradition in the newspaper business that free newspapers ask for voluntary subscriptions. As a rule, satisfied readers who depend on a free publication for their news don’t mind paying a little bit for it.

This is why voluntary subscription donations have been the lifeblood of many “free” newspapers over the years – it’s the honor system, you might say.

If you’d consider supporting the Greeley Gazette with your “voluntary subscription,” here are a couple of easy options:

Click on the donate button and choose the amount you would like to donate for a one-time voluntary subscription payment to the Greeley Gazette.

As another alternative, you can send a check to Greeley Gazette, P.O. Box 6, Greeley, CO 80634. (Be sure to mark your check “voluntary subscription payment”

You can also help us be letting your friends and acquaintances know about our site.

Thank you very much. All of us here at the Greeley Gazette deeply appreciate your support. It’s truly what makes it possible for us to keep going. I think you’ll agree that with what is going on in America today, we need a vibrant free press more than ever.



Jack Minor

Senior Editor

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One Response to An open letter to Greeley Gazette readers

  1. Disgusted says:

    This seems to be the only free online paper now. Gannett has decided to charge everyone to read online.
    I might not agree with everything you print, but it seems you do cover important stories that others don’t.
    Truth is ugly at times but ignorance is not bliss. I’ll go with truth. Thank you.

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