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The Problem with Competition

Ken Graham: From the Publisher


April 26, 2018

On April 16, the Columbia County Commissioners voted 2-1 to select the Dayton Chronicle over The Times to be that county’s legal newspaper for 12 months, beginning July 1. (The Times was awarded the contract last year.)

This year, Commissioners Norm Passmore and Merle Jackson voted to select the Chronicle, even though its bid was 61% higher than The Times’ ($7.36 per column inch, vs. $4.50 for The Times).

Furthermore, The Chronicle uses a significantly larger typeface for its legal notices than The Times does, which means the same notice will take up about 20% more inches in the Chronic...

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