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Op-ed: There once was no NIT (by Peter Children)

We can all relax and rest easy now. Today’s editorial in the Globe Gazette has endorsed the posture of the city council’s position regarding Eric’s wet dream. Wow,  I was really worried about what they’d think.  Does the Globe really think anyone cares what they think or do?  Those guys on Washington Avenue can’t get it through their head that the game as it once was is now over.

This is a good time to pause and reflect for a moment; travel back to 2009; there was no NIT, the only news outlet in town was the local paper.  I am not including the television station because in my opinion they do not qualify as a “news” outlet nor do the radio stations.  The Globe has been the number one drug dispenser in this city for over 100 years, backed up by a powerful collection of newspapers across the nation known as Lee Enterprises.

That was then, this is now. There is a new kid on the block now that has eclipsed the old dowager in her parasol hat and faded gown stained with prejudices too numerous to count. Think back if you would to that time when you were allowed only one submission every three weeks limited to 300 words.  And if it didn’t meet the smell test by those ominous figures who set the standard for what could or could not turn into ink…well then, save the time and effort.

Years ago we had a benign publication here called “The Shopper.” It ran ads at a lower cost than the local paper, but no real news content.  They became an irritant in the eye of the Globe….so the Globe made then go away by buying them out.  They then eventually discontinued the charade of a separate section insert and went back to business as usual.

Now we have this brash young man who stuck his neck out, put his money on the table and threw the dice.  Now you want to know if he won; well let me put it this way, he sure in the hell didn’t lose, but as to just how much he won will be in the hands of the community. What is it worth to you to be free from restraints, to vent everyday….all day if you wish; no limit or impositions on your thought process.  No prejudice no favorites, a place where truth is not a dirty word.  How much it that worth to you?  In many countries people fought and died for just that; now in Mason City for the first time in a century you have a choice; to me it’s priceless……

The number of people reading the content of this site has sky rocketed; for advertisers it is the best bang for the buck…yet there is an under ground campaign to discourage potential advertisers from buying space here because this publication is viewed as “anti-establishment” meaning they will not bow down to special interest groups who have lost their anonymity in unison with the Globe’s loss of credibility.  I only have this to say to those who have been approached to drop their advertisements; look at those who asked you to cease and desist; they already have what they want in life, while you are still trying to grab a hand full of what is out there.  My advice: spend your money where you will get the most exposure…that’s how it works, that’s how it has always worked.

Peter Children

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