by Randolph T. Holhut
Chief of AR Correspondents
March 1, 2012
THE NEED TO BEAR WITNESS, NO MATTER THE COST
BRADENTON, FLA., Feb. 27, 2012 -- We made it!
What seemed like an impossibility on Feb. 3 - raising $2,633 by March 3 to pay our delinquent homeowner's association fees or face a lien and foreclosure - was resolved today after we gave the HOA all but $216 of the amount owed. We hope to pay the rest before the end of the week.
I an deeply grateful to my brother Pat, to Progressive Populist publisher Jim Cullen, to my sister Mary Ann and Benson County Farmer's News publisher Richard Peterson for their help. May God bless each of you.
I must also thank all the members of the condo board who helped me resolve this debt with them. My deepest thanks go to board president Max Giesbrecht and board member Mary Herlihy. They did not have to help, but chose to, and that has meant an enormous amount to me.
It is great to know that after my brother and sister, the people who care most about us are clients who subscribe to our syndication service. Their generosity was crucial to gettingthis seemingly insurmountable task behind us. We are, as always, grateful also to writers like Randy Holhut, Joyce Marcel and Walter Brasch, who have been helping us survive for years.
I am going to make an extra effort to sell non-Google ads in the near future. Let's see what happens! You'd think such a great site for progressives would get support from election campaigns mounted on behalf of progressive candidates, but rhat's not been the case.
The problem, of course, is that those campaigns are often run on a shoestring and can't afford to advertise. They have no Super PACs handing them millions to fight for the little guy. We hope instead that we can be more helpful to them and those allied with them in the future.
Many sleepless nights passed before we got this issue resolved. However, as part of our success, we had to promise - and we did - to be on time with our quarterly payments of $930. We would deeply appreciate any help you can give us in meeting that obligation.
An Update: We have received $800 in contributions since our appeal was published. The largest was from our longtime, Texas-based syndication client, Jim Cullen of the Progressive Populist, for $500. Our syndication client, Richard Petersen of the Benson County Farmer's News in Minnewauken, North Dakota, sent $100, and so did my sister, Mary Ann Kies of Long Beach, Calif. I surrendered my burial policy and raised $1,247. My brother Pat sent $400, as he has every month for the past five months. We now need just $216 to pay the remaining fees, and I hope to handle that alone. Also, our thanks to Michael Melicia of the Knights of Columbus, who helped us get a quick check from the K of C insurance company when we needed it desperately. Thank you all for your help!
Joe Shea ia founder and Editor-in-Chief of The American Reporter, the first daily newspaper ever to originate on the Internet.