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Vol. 112 - Issue 1, Wednesday, September 15, 2010
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RSCS Reunion - August 20-22 2010

Don’t Be Deceived

It saddened us to suspend publishing the Richfield Springs Mercury earlier this month. It was not done lightly. So imagine our surprise when, on April 17, a paper called Richfield Springs Mercury appeared on local streets.

Readers may have assumed we had second thoughts about publishing the paper. Sadly, we hadn’t.

Instead, Jim Kevlin, publisher of the Freeman’s Journal in Cooperstown, took it upon himself to use the Richfield Springs Mercury name that we own and began publishing his paper with our name in his masthead.

As much as we’d like to see a local Richfield area newspaper continue, Kevlin’s action can only be described as devious, underhanded and quite possibly illegal.

We had conversed with Kevlin about the possible purchase of the Richfield Springs Mercury name. Nothing was decided. Further discussions were anticipated in May.

Next thing we know, Kevlin is publishing under our name and leaving the impression that we endorse the action. As quoted from his April 17 article “Journal, Mercury Reunite,” Kevlin claims, “The Freeman’s Journal picks up the torch and reassumes its partnership with a respected competitor.” In order for a partnership to exist, both parties need to agree on mutual decisions. We never agreed to allow Kevlin to use our name.

What’s more, we understand he’s leaving that impression with former Richfield Springs Mercury readers and advertisers as well—easing his way into their trust.

Kevlin—or anyone else—has every right to publish a newspaper in Richfield Springs, but he doesn’t have the right to publish under our name or make false claims that we support it. It’s deceitful and it should make potential readers and advertisers wonder what else he’s capable of deceiving them about.

We call on Kevlin to immediately stop using the name Richfield Springs Mercury on his publication, and to stop suggesting that he has our endorsement.

 
JAY BERNHARDT
Founding Publisher

JASON BERNHARDT
Associate Publisher


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