All in all, I'd say we came out of last week more or less unscathed.
Truth be told, I was expecting the redesign to spur a glut of letters to the editor--not because I thought the new look was bad but because change is often difficult. Aside from a few attaboys on Twitter and one very unenthusiastic voicemail, the chatter was relatively quiet. On that subject anyway.
Turns out the issue prior was a larger subject of discussion. While we thought we'd done a bang-up job explaining this year's split Best of Boise, turns out a few out there were still confused. When an employee at one distribution point asked why we hadn't brought new papers the week of Sept. 30, we started to put two and two together. Turns out that although Sept. 23's edition sported a red cover with the giant words "Editors' Picks" and Sept. 30's edition was a blue cover with "Readers' Picks," the two were not dissimilar enough for people to realize they were two separate issues.
If you missed the Sept. 30 issue featuring the results of the readers' poll for Best of Boise, you missed the best and biggest issue of the year. Now skip on over to BWHQ at 523 Broad St. and pick up a copy. Or contact office manager Shea Sutton at firstname.lastname@example.org or 208-344-2055 and ask him to snail mail you a copy. If you're lucky, he'll even throw some swag into the envelope.
Also last week, Scott Weaver's piece on the Open Carry crew has generated a heated debate at boiseweekly.com. Open Carry supporters and the no-gun crowd have squared off in the virtual world, taking aim at whether something is appropriate just because it's legal. We've printed a few comments in Mail this week, but the full discussion is worth a trip to boiseweekly.com.
Now onto this week's issue.
I suspect a number of BW readers will get a good laugh out of the headline on this week's main feature. Then they'll read Glenn Beck's name in the subtitle and cringe. It's a story we've reprinted from fellow alt weekly Boston Phoenix. Writer Adam Reilly zooms in on Beck's 1999 conversion to Mormonism and asks if "without his unsettling brand of Mormonism, would Glenn Beck still be Glenn Beck?" And more importantly, should the church and/or the Republican Party aim to rein him in?