The writer sent this message to the Pantagraph strictly to make a point. He knows it will never be printed. Since it won’t be, he sent it to me so all of you can see it. You are actually reading it before the recipient, he got an automated “Out of Office” message until 5/2.
As a former long time subscriber and a life long member of the community of Bloomington-Normal am have found it disturbing that what once was a great newspaper has become a source of discouragement to me.
There is only two reasons I consider reading the Pantagraph, one is the local Obituaries and the other the grocery sales adds. The news articles are so slanted, and do not report the news fairly. The feature articles are almost always opposite of my Spiritual and moral values or they feature some faraway place that I have no desire to read about.
I consistently receive telephone calls want to offer me a special trial subscription, even though I have consistently said that I am not interested. The last time I had a subscription we ended up calling the Pantagraph because we had not received a newspaper that day. That is unacceptable and I nor my wife desire to be annoyed weekly by this inept delivery system.
With the use of internet becoming more prevalent, I mistakenly made the decision to give the Pantagraph my email address and now multiply emails per day are delivered to my email account with worthless “information”, many of which only a subscription will allow seeing beyond the “tease” provided in the email.
Local Governments in Bloomington and Normal has become a farce! They are disconnected from the taxpaying members of this community and the will of the people. They assume to be elite and more intelligent than those that elect them and proceed with projects which only cost additional jobs for the local governments and increase the local taxes of each and every household in Bloomington-Normal, yet the simple service of street maintenance is ignored for these grandeur projects. The Pantagraph appears to support these local government officials in that it appears to me that the City and Town hand out press releases and no objective reporting is ever done to assure that the press releases are actually factual. I remember when Dave Haake challenged ISU and other local government units with investigative reporting, but that seems to be a thing of the past with the Pantagraph.
Normal, IL 61761