“Have you met the man?”
That’s the answer I gave out twice last week when I was asked a question about Joe Hollingsworth Jr. and the park the Hollingsworth Foundation is planning in South Clinton — The Aspire Park.
The first question was, “Why’s he doing this?”
The person who asked me this question was looking for a motive — something concrete to hang their hat on.
There has to be a “reason,” something that sounds realistic, something “worldly,” as it were.
How about this? Joe Hollingsworth loves Clinton.
Not tangible enough?
There has to be a catch, right?
Something more, some kind of explanation that sounds good when someone asks you and you feel silly just saying, “The man loves Clinton.”
Sunshine Week: Part II of three
The death of the Daily Guide raises questions not easily answered, the same ones asked at newspapers big and small across the country.
Did GateHouse stop investing because people were less interested in reading the paper? Berrier said about 3,600 copies of the Daily Guide were printed in the mid-1990s. At the end, GateHouse was printing 675 copies a day.
Or did people lose interest because the lack of investment made it a less satisfying read?
“As the paper declined and got smaller and smaller, I felt that there wasn’t as much information that really made it worthwhile, so I did eventually stop” subscribing, said Keith Carnahan, senior pastor at Maranatha Baptist Church in St. Robert.
Berrier blames GateHouse, who he said “set the Daily Guide up to fail.” Others are less sure. Sanders, the former editor, and Joel Goodridge, another former publisher, blame both GateHouse and the community for not supporting the paper.
Goodridge said some businesses found they could advertise much more cheaply in free circulars dumped at local stores. He now works at a college in the nearby town of Rolla. His job at the Daily Guide was eliminated during the relentless downturn.
“When I first got into the newspaper business, it was intriguing, rewarding and I felt like I was doing something more than generating profits,” Goodridge said. “I felt like I was doing something for the community. As the years went by, it changed.”