Dear Members of the NC General Assembly.
I read at the Dome today that newspaper publishers (and editors!) have lobbied hard against a bill that would cut into their lucrative revenue streams from local government legal notices. Not only that, those crusty journalists appear to have been persuasive. Rep. Melanie Wade Goodwin, a Democrat, bought their happy horseshit, saying the bill would put newspapers out of business. That's terrible!
"I think we're going to shut down some of the local papers if we continue down this slope," she said.
With all due respect, and it ain't much, there's a lot of us out here who would like some of those public dollars, too. I know for a fact that thousands of BlueNC readers don't scour printed newspaper pages for legal notices every day, which means they are at risk of missing out on all the important proceedings going on in local governments. Surely you don't want us suffering from insufficient information syndrome, do you?
Besides that, our blog also runs the risk of being shut down if we don't find some magical new revenue. Do you really want to be responsible for continuing down that terrible slope as well?
Please file a new bill immediately that will require public legal notices to be posted on private blogs with the word "Blue" in their titles and whose readers do not subscribe to daily newspapers.
James the Blogger
PS We will be forming the Blue Lobbying Order of Bloggers (BLOB) and will be beating your doors down with our hands out. See you soon. Save some money for us.
Updated to take "ass" out of the opening salutation.