|Springfield resident approves name change
First, I want to say I agree with Harriet Sessler - “ . . . Congratulations on a job well done . . . You’re doing a great job . . . .”
Re: the paper’s name change. First, not to put anyone down, but I have a copy of THE EVENING TELEGRAM on my desk right in front of me. HERKIMER is NOT a part of the paper’s name (anymore - though I think it used to be). Herkimer (along with Ilion, Mohawk, Frankfort-Schuyler and the Kuyahoora Valley, NY) is listed under the paper’s name.
I believe the same applies to THE DAILY STAR. Meaning that ONEONTA is not in the title.
Also, the once Utica Observer-Dispatch is now THE OBSERVER-DISPATCH.
I do agree with Marjorie W. Walters though about the photos - at least one.
I think it would be nice to keep a picture of the clock. It is a landmark that is known all along Route 20 as well as to anyone who grew up in the surrounding area (including the Mohawk Valley). It’s too bad it’s still not in the center of the intersection, but I understand why it was moved. And by keeping a picture of the clock it would establish THE MERCURY as still being home-based in Richfield Springs.
So, in my humble opinion, I agree with the name change. THE MERCURY is more appropriate in that the paper serves an area much larger than just Richfield Springs. It will help those of us who live outside Richfield Springs proper, like Springfield Center for example, feel more like the paper is “ours” as well. And, like was written in “Our Opinion,” ad revenue is what is needed that will keep the paper viable.
Besides, the name Richfield Springs is listed twice under the paper’s name. First as Richfield Springs, NY 13439, And under that is:
Serving: Richfield Springs, Schuyler Lake, Cedarville, Mohawk, Herkimer, Ilion, Cherry Valley, West Winfield, Bridgewater, Cooperstown, Springfield Center, Roseboom, Van Hornesville, Jordanville.
So, in summary: I agree with the name change. I think it’s good for all who are served by the paper. And, I’d like to see the clock picture put back in - say to the left of the title, making the “name” line unique in that no other paper - anywhere - will have that combination.
Richard W. Moore