UPDATE: N&R posts the column.
Dear Jeff Gauger,
Welcome to town, and congrats on the editor's gig at the N&R.
I read your introductory column in this morning's paper, but could not find it on your website or via the popular Google search engine.
And so very quickly we come to one of the major issues you will face at the new job: Your website is horrible and killing your brand.
Your first attempt at reaching out to readers made much of your need to learn about this community and the interests of its people, but the column was invisible to most of its potential audience (I took the liberty of slipping through a crack in your paywall and poaching a copy).
You have other problems, of course. Your thin staff can't cover everything, institutional memory and deep knowledge of the community are dwindling, and your star political reporter just skipped town (please tell us you will fill that job instead of promising vainly to do more with less). The whole paper could use a major rethink -- it looks a lot like it did a decade ago, if much less so.
But the website is a disaster that might quickly be fixed. Stuffing your content into a Google-proof vault is not the future of online media. I wish you luck in convincing whomsoever must be convinced that major changes are needed immediately, else you might be writing yet another introductory letter to readers in a new town before too long.