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The Free Times Listening Tour




We don’t really consider The (Columbia, S.C.) Free Times to be our competition.  They do their thing, we do ours.  In fact the alternative weekly paper is one of the few media outlets with which we’ve enjoyed something of a symbiotic relationship over the years – and we obviously have beaucoup respect for the investigative talents of its top reporter, Corey Hutchins.

Will our relationship with The Free Times change in 2013, though?

Who knows.  The paper has recently been purchased by a 40-year newspaper veteran by the name of Charlie Nutt, who previously served as publisher of a trio of Gannett-owned papers based in the northeast.  What do we know about Nutt?  Nuttin.  Well, except for the fact he looks like he ought to be in full Confederate regalia (you know, like our state’s sitting Lt. Governor).

Charlie Nutt

Seriously, dude … John Bell Hood called.  He wants his nose back.

Anyway … this week Nutt announced that he was embarking on a “listening tour” of the Midlands region of South Carolina in an effort to get acquainted with his new surroundings.

“I would like to extend an invitation to everyone reading this column to be part of that process,” he wrote.  “Tell me what you like or dislike about living here. Tell me what you like or dislike about Free Times and Tell me how we could be more important and more useful in serving the community.”

Hmmmmm … good luck with that, man.

We’ve got several suggestions for General Hood … errr, Mr. Nutt, but for the purposes of this column we’ll keep our advice brief.

Should one of the biggest scandals in the state’s history ever fall squarely in your paper’s lap again, don’t punt …

Now carry on, General.  And give our regards to Longstreet.