by Samuel Gerald (Jerry) Firman
I founded The Free Press over a year ago when I finally accepted the fact there were going to be Nations whether I liked it or not. I was so proud of the name for I knew it would attract a lot of comments. I thought I was so smart. And then along came an even smarter Newsviner who created 1. Public Discussion and down the tubes went my thoughts of a monopoly. I also promised in the early days of TFP that I would hand over the reins of the Nation to a worthy person to carry on the publishing at the end of a year. The time has come and gone and here is my plea: Looking for a Newsviner interested in taking over the ownership and responsibilities of being TFP Publisher. Please, someone, relieve me of administration so I will be free to write, write, write.
Until I am replaced I will continue as publisher. With that in mind I want to refresh members and potential members about the purposes and general rules of The Free Press. First of all, Free doesn't mean anything and everything can be published here. For the time being "Seeds" are not allowed and will only be published after appropriate consultation between Seeder and Publisher. TFP is meant for stories, articles, essays, poems; whatever written and posted by the author/member. This means you, you must write what you post. It is also my intent to closely monitor the Nation so that only constructive, quality material is posted. That doesn't mean perfect English or grammar or content. It means material that is conducive to an enlightening, friendly community newspaper. TFP will be as close to an old time newspaper as possible while taking advantage of modern technology to spread the word.
News should be the main stay. You say you are not a reporter? Bull! If you comment on Newsvine at all you have the makings of a reporter. We want stories about what is happening in your neighborhood. Your story may seem too commonplace or ordinary to you but someone out here will probably be amazed by it.
I am asking the Nation's Members to please begin contributing stories and helping find my replacement. Thanks for being here.