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Today's depressing Rocky Mountain News memo: counseling assistance

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Yesterday, staffers at the Rocky Mountain News received an e-mail from editor/publisher/president John Temple with an attached press release explaining why parent company E.W. Scripps had decided to put the paper on the block; read it in the blog "Rocky Mountain News Put Up For Sale." Today's follow-up e-mail is equally depressing, even though it's meant to help people upset by the previous development. Specifically, employees are urged to use Horizon Care coverage provided by the Rocky, since counselors there can help those dealing with, for example, "pressures associate [sic] with work or career." The missive concludes, "If you are feeling depressed, angry or discouraged about current events, please take advantage of this service."

Can't imagine anyone fits that description. Look below to see the e-mail. -- Michael Roberts

Folks,

I know this is a difficult time for everyone. Please don't forget that you can get help and support from our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offered by Horizon Care.

This is a free service to all RMN employees and their dependents.

EAP counselors can provide help with:

- Pressures associate with work or career - Depression, anger or stress - Problems with personal and family relationships - Need for information about local financial or legal resources - Illness or death of someone close to you - Child and Elder care issues - Emotional well-being

All calls are confidential. No details of your conversation are shared with anyone else.

If you are feeling depressed, angry or discouraged about current events, please take advantage of this service.

Please let me know if you have questions.

Randall K. Roberts Administration Editor Rocky Mountain News 101 W. Colfax Ave. Suite 500 Denver, CO 80202

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