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Returning your call

October 11, 2007

Editor's Note: Each Friday, Herald-Mail reporters and editors will answer some of the questions that are called in by readers to Mail Call. Consider this us returning your call.




Q: "Since you've cut out one edition to the paper, that means you have half as many people and are paying less in benefits and other perks. You'll be making twice as much money with the same amount of subscriptions, and since you are making twice the money with half of your original people, does that mean our rates, subscription rates will drop? Or will they increase?"

- Hagerstown

A: No employees were laid off in any department as a result of the merger of our afternoon and morning newspapers. Two employees took voluntary retirement and some employees were reassigned to other responsibilities. For example, two editors in the newsroom will be working to update our Web site on a regular basis during morning and evening shifts. The price of the newspaper remains the same as it was prior to the merger.

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