Sunday, August 31, 2008
Zip Code Question Finally Put to Rest
The United States Postal Service has spoken. Raytown will continue to have more than one zip code. In a letter to Raytown’s Ward Four Adlerman Pat Ertz, Timothy Dwyer, Manager of Operation Programs Support, wrote: “Based on the information provided, we were unable to identify any operational needs, substantial savings, or service improvements that would support the need for ZIP Code realignment.” The letter puts to rest a minor issue that has had amazingly long legs in the Raytown political theatre. The scope of the matter is emphasized by the list of individuals copied in the correspondence. Not only were the Mayor and Board of Aldermen addressed, but also Congressman Emanuel Cleaver and a host of U.S. Postal authorities. The question of one zip code for Raytown came to life over ten years ago when then Mayor Sue pledged to have the city’s zip code changed to one number. Beyond announcement to the local news media, it is not known if she made any official effort to make the change a reality. In recent years support for the change has waned on the official level. When Alderman Ertz brought the item to the Board for discussion, Alderman Christine White and Alderman Greg Walters spoke of the unnecessary hardship such a change would place on local businesses, utilities and homeowners having to throw out stationary and business forms. Raytown Dispatch Tribune Ends Publication NPG Newspapers, the St. Joseph-based owners of the Raytown Dispatch Tribune, have decided to cease publication of the local Raytown weekly. In recent years, NPG Newspapers, has made significant purchase of newspapers in the Kansas City metropolitan area. They purchased Townshend Communications (former owner of the Raytown Dispatch) Tribune and the Sun Newspapers. Sun Newspapers was merged with other publications in Kansas City North. Some have said that the Tribune closing down is a sign of worsening economic times in the area. That may or not be true. But is it any more of any indicator than when NPG merged its Sun holdings in the Northland? Or, is it more of a statement of where the public goes for its news information. More and more, the electronic media, television, radio and internet are cutting deeply into the base of print media as a news source. Radio talk shows can be listened to while driving your car, working or playing. The internet offers more on point discussions than a newspaper can ever begin to publish. News channels, which used be a twice nightly affair, are now 24 hour operations. In that regard, the Dispatch Tribune closing is simply re-affirmation of what is happening across the country.