Time may be right to move public notices to the Web

  • Article by: KEVIN DUCHSCHERE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 20, 2011 - 11:01 PM

Governments want to save cost of running them in newspapers. Opponents say public will be harmed.

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stevedelappFeb. 20, 11 9:24 PM

I wonder how my State Senator will vote on this. As a republican, I presume he will put evangelical churches and nouveau riche businessmen ahead of the state and public's best interests. This will be a good test, as he owns the local newspaper which typically has about a column of government classified ads and 5 to 8 pages of foreclosure ads. Total waste of money, except that the paper is good for a local Minnesota paper that is mostly ads.

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dmay88Feb. 20, 11 9:29 PM

Another nail in the coffin of published newspapers. But then, that is inevitable for even bigger reasons.

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fwallenFeb. 20, 11 9:31 PM

It is about time this outdated subsidy to the press is eliminated. Some counties in the state spread the advertising around amongst papers in different cities. So each gets a lttle subsidy and no citizen gets the complete record unless she subscribes to three or more papers. If it was on the web and in every library, and posted in all city and county buildings that should suffice

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dtmonkeyboyFeb. 20, 11 9:41 PM

there are dozens and dozens of ideas for cutting government that would have little or no effect on most people (like this)...but most people cant handle change. What about merging counties, getting rid of the paper $1 and $5 bill...selling ads on postage stamps.

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vegas2112Feb. 20, 11 9:42 PM

Anfinson said the bill would make access to notices unlikely and inconvenient. People shouldn't have to go to the library or government offices to look them up. Many seniors aren't adept online, he said. -------------- The question becomes how many of these seniors, who claim to have no internet access, actually read public notices or are dependent upon these public notices? They can have the notices mailed to their home for a fee.

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tietacFeb. 20, 11 9:44 PM

Isn't an internet newspaper still a newspaper? What is the definition?

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eman2002Feb. 20, 11 9:50 PM

Just like the outdated and expensive pay equity law for female public employees, the publishing mandate is supported by an interest group that might lose some money. Starve the beast.

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goldrush1970Feb. 20, 11 9:51 PM

This is long overdue! Definately a waste of taxpayer money. This can be done very effectively with the internet, Library postings and direct mailings to those interested if need be. I'm pretty sure the elderly won't miss the construction listings!

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arronbFeb. 20, 1110:06 PM

It saves them money, and who still gets a newspaper? I don't remember the last time I handled one.

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handmavinFeb. 20, 1110:25 PM

It makes sense, but what happens when the public loses access to the web or the libraries, which we already underfund? Economizing is a good idea as long as EQUAL access is available.

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