Think of this as Volume 17, Number 34 of the newsletter I have written weekly since March, 1997. Enjoy.
Those people who ignore these facts always get it in the end. Tim Armstrong has gotten it in the end with Patch. He deserves to see it end his career.
But that doesn't mean local news isn't a great business. Just the opposite.
One of my fonder memories from my days at the Atlanta Business Chronicle was attending a local launch party for USA Today. Stacks of the first issue were handed out, and I still have mine. Al Neuharth spoke by satellite. Many hors' d'oerves were consumed, many beers were drunk. And the crowd at my party laughed their asses off, because the product seemed so lame.