Today is Day 3 in the life of the St. Petersburg Tribune, the new zoned edition of the Tampa Tribune focusing on and distributed in St. Pete.
We couldn't help but notice that four of the six letters to the editor published in the Tampa Tribune today featured Pinellas County residents, all expressing their excitement about a daily rival to the Tampa Bay Times in their area. All four of those letters indicated that they were happy to have a more conservative alternative than the "liberal rag" that is the Tampa Bay Times, according to one such letter writer named Maryellen Crowder from Palm Harbor.
One of the four citizens expressing gratitude for a Times alternative was Pinellas County Commissioner Norm Roche, who has had his issues with the paper for a while now. Roche wrote today:
"This (the start of the St. Petersburg Tribune) is tremendous news for Pinellas County. I look forward to some unbiased and objective ‘journalism’ with respect to the many challenges we face here in Pinellas County.
I believe strongly that our local news media organizations have an equal-to or even greater responsibility that we who seek the honor of serving our local governments and communities.
Thank you again for expanding our news coverage opinions here in Pinellas, and I look forward to my subscription."