Among those hiring this week are the American Society of Bariatric Physicians, the City of Boulder, the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce (unpaid intern), FCC Services, Financial Planning Standards Board, Medtronic Navigation, Oncure Medical Corp., Penrose-St. Francis Health Services, PlanSource, Rally Software, St. Julien Hotel and Spa, The American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, Western Union, NANA Development (Colorado Springs) and the Weld County District Attorney’s Office (Greeley).
Denver Post editorial page editor Curtis Hubbard offers his farewell to Mike Keefe, the Post’s Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist who, after 36 years and more than 8,000 cartoons with the paper, accepted a buyout.
The Denver Post has crunched the (Arizona Republic’s) numbers, and only Austin, Texas, ranks better than Denver among peer cities when it comes to economic indicators. So if you feel like we are in a recession, it must be your imagination.
One of the sad realities of newspapers continually cutting back the column inches they publish every day is the loss of some of the traditional services they provided, including obituaries. Many of you may know Don Shook, who prior to moving to Las Vegas spent 27 years in Denver with Channel 4, Coors and the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office. His wife, Maggie, passed away last month and Don was shocked to find that the Post wanted $1,600 to publish her obituary. Don fired off the letter below to the Post, but has yet to see it published or receive a response.
My wife of 37 years just got her dying wish, thanks to The Denver Post. Maggie passed away last week in our Las Vegas home after many years of pain and suffering. She made it absolutely clear that she wanted NO obituary notices; however, after 25 years of living in Golden, I was willing to risk her wrath on “the other shore” to share news of her passing with our considerable number of friends along the Front Range. She will indeed get her wish regarding your newspaper.
I built a modest obituary into the paper’s template, along with a recent photo that captures her nicely. To run it three days would be just under $1,600. Does The Denver Post expect me to singlehandedly save the organization from financial doom? With the recent news of yet morestaff reductions being sought, is the newspaper hoping to stave off closure of its daily publication by capitalizing on people at such a moment of profound grief?
Given your apparent lack of feeling for the community you purport to serve, perhaps the time may come when we all read of the Post’s own obituary. For the sake of your many fine employees, I hope not.
There will be a memorial for Maggie next summer in Golden. If you are interested in reconnecting with Don, you can reach him through his PR firm in Las Vegas.