The Readers Forum could be an exciting place if more people knew it was here and became users. As a start,the Optic could feature the forum in one of Tom McDonald's columns. Then they could give the forum and the rest of the web site their own little blurbs in the "We've Got You Covered" ad and other house ads. Then add location information for the web site to the obituary section, the individual columns, the editorials, and maybe even relevant stories.
I find the web site to be a great addition to my mail subscription to the Optic. Today I looked up a real estate listing in the last Real Estate Guide (which I had thrown away, I guess). Recently I tracked down the full listing of Heritage Week activities in May's "Destinations" special section, which got burried in the interim. Sometimes I go on line to see a news story before my print copy arrives in the mail. Obituaries are particularly time sensitive. Every now and then I want to refer to an old column or editorial - or even an old news story - and they are all right there in the archives. Searchable.
The reader forum itself often contains stories not covered by the Optic, or information beyond that given in stories that are covered. The forum would be much more useful if more people registered and participated.