Our colleagues at the Northern Light in Molt are urging advertisers and stores to dump copies of two local publications, Sistah and Piece.
In its latest print edition (at this writing, apparently still not available online), the Light publishes an editorial called "Three dirty rags." The first rag is the Ravalli Republic, which draws fire for printing a potshot at Dallas Erickson.
The second is Sistah, of which the Northern Light says, "Vulgar words soil the tabloid throughout, from front to back, including headings. There are petty and malicious attention grabbers, intended as humor no doubt, and to their discredit they advertise for the abortion company, Planned Parenthood."
Of Piece, the Light writes, "Their multiple ads for Planet Lockwood should be enough to indicate the direction of the new publication. ... Article headings include: 'Ask an Exotic Dancer,' "Make Love Longer,' and 'Pick-up Lines from Hell!'" Piece also mentions Planned Parenthood, the Light notes.
The Light doesn't just criticize; it issues a call for action. Advertisers are listed for each publication, and the Light urgers readers, "If you see these papers, ask store attendants to remove them, that they shouldn't be where children can see them."
The Light also notes that there are "20 odd, free periodicals that have come out since we started business in 1992." None, however, is odder than the Light itself.