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January, 2010 Volume 35, Issue 1


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MARIN COUNTY'S NEWS MONTHLY - FREE PRESS

(415)868-1600 - (415)868-0502(fax) -
P.O. Box 31, Bolinas, CA, 94924
mailto:editor@coastalpost.com



Coastal Post Going Or Coming?

   
The 34-year publishing run of the Coastal Post has been a grand experience for this editor-publisher and founder. First printing on mimeographed stencils, in 1975, then copy-machines and finally an offset press-the paper began as the smallest, most-local of the community publications in Marin. Over the next three decades our coverage stretched into West Marin, the County, the Internet and finally focusing on worldwide political inequities, human catastrophes and unnatural environmental cataclysms.
     It was here-most particularly the Middle East-where we ran into the anger and outrage of American Zionists for daining to provide an advocacy for the Palestinian perspective.
    Our advertisers and distribution locations were systematically bludgeoned for supporting free speech. The Daly Planet in Berkeley suffered similarly for its willingness to explore and publish news and perspective on Palestine.
    The attack on the Coastal Post was costly. Half of the advertisers and many distribution locations withdrew under the threat of losing customers.
    This assault on free speech coupled with the depression-economy and the move away from print publications to TV and the Internet has left this newspaper badly battered. There were insufficient funds to publish in November and December 2009.
    Our bare-bones budget to publish the Coastal Post is $1800 a month. Most of this is for printing, mailing subscriptions, and circulating the paper to newsstands, shops and restaurants throughout Marin.
    It takes a surprisingly small number of advertisers and subscribers to pay the bills. Less than 300 new subscribers and/or 30 new advertisers would keep the Post publishing into the second decade of this millennium.
    Our friends with the Marin Peace and Justice Coalition, 14 Friends of Palestine, combined with other groups and individuals are assisting with a plan to stabilize the Coastal Post with a subscription and advertising drive. I hope you will join us to keep the Coastal Post a part of Marin's media with news and perspective which is often missing in the corporate press.

Don Deane
Publisher-Editor




 














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