Dear Editor:

Can someone please explain to me why, for the second time in three days, the Sentinel was priced at $4 per copy? That’s FOUR DOLLARS folks, for a small-town newspaper that, not all that many years ago, was 50 cents on weekdays, $1 on Sundays. Imagine, The Sentinel costing more than a gallon of gas!

I know the newspaper industry is suffering all over the country. But the Philadelphia Inquirer, one of the nation’s leaders, can be had daily for two bucks. The Baltimore Sun, another stalwart for more than two centuries, is the same price. Even a few of the New York papers are LESS than two bucks.

So how does The Sentinel justify its outrageous markup? Well, I know that Wednesday’s paper contained a puzzle book. Yes, you read that correctly, a PUZZLE BOOK!! If I want a puzzle book, I’ll go down to the dollar store and buy one there.

That $4 paper also contained some special ad sections, which meant more revenue for the ad department. So, in good conscience, the buyer’s price for the newspaper should have been LOWER!

A “regular” Sentinel costs $1.50 (at least for the moment), and often contains less than 20 pages which can be read in 10 minutes.

There has been a Sentinel delivered to our home nearly every day for the past 70 years. If this price-gouging nonsense doesn’t stop, it may not be affordable for 70 more days.

David S. Hutchinson


Editor’s Note: The single copy price varies from $1.50 to $4 depending on the day. The price for daily home delivery averages around $1 per day.


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