This came in from a loyal reader:
Got my subscription [for the El Paso Times)] renewal invoice in the mail yesterday: $469.20.
I called the 800 number and spoke to JV. He thanked me for being a long time subscriber (he insisted he was in El Paso, but sounded a lot like he was in Calcutta). I said that I hoped the bill was for a five-year renewal period, but he replied that it was only for a year.
I pointed out that I paid $260 in 2016, $261 in 2017, and $330 in 2018. I then asked to speak to someone with authority.
After a short pause to check, JV told me that he will send a new invoice for $336.
Candidly, the main reason I subscribe to the Times is that they deliver my Wall Street Journal.