Making a bad decision

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For some time, I have been meaning to write about recent changes in your paper which I do not like — I still cannot get used to reading a newspaper from back to front, for example. Now I have a second reason to write.

To my great dismay, I read that you are killing “It’s On,” a terrific added value for your subscribers.  I loved that little magazine. It drew my attention to and got me recording movies I would have never have noticed. I read articles about TV shows I would otherwise have missed. I enjoyed reading the best of the late-night comics whom I have long since stopped watching. 

You say this material is available elsewhere. You mean at the supermarkets, if I think to look, if the weekly is not sold out, and if price does not make me think twice? 

You observe that this content is online. I think you are forgetting a very important point — the people who might go online to find what movies are on TV are unlikely to be subscribers to your fine newspaper. 

Conversely, as a faithful home subscriber for many years, I am most unlikely to get up from my chair before dinner to consult my computer about TV programmes that may be of interest that night.  For what my opinion is worth — and I concede it may be worth very little — you are forgetting about your longtime subscribers, tinkering with what I have always felt was a first-rate paper and may regret not leaving well enough alone.

Edgar G. Goodaire

St. John’s

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