First, may I add my congratulations and gratitude to all of The Telegram staff, both production and delivery, who have worked so hard to keep the newspaper coming amidst all of the trials of the last couple of weeks.
The Internet is great, but a lot of us still enjoy a newspaper we can hold and read over coffee in the morning.
Thank you for all you’re doing to maintain at least that much normalcy for us.
At least we can read a newspaper with a flashlight if we have to.
And if I could add a side note here to the wonderful folks at Newfoundland Hydro and Newfoundland Power: thank you all for your hard work in keeping the power on as much as possible, and in trying to keep us informed of the situation.
However, you may be interested to learn that a lot of us can’t check your website for updates if we have no power.
In fact, constantly urging us to do so may actually tick us off even more.
It may come as a surprise, but there are still those of us in the world who don’t have smartphones, and who rely on electricity to run our Internet connections.
I believe it’s even possible that there may be some who don’t have an Internet connection at all.
But back to The Telegram. Your recent decision to stop producing the weekend television guide was a disappointment.
I understand that your main function is to publish the news, and from that standpoint I guess the decision is understandable.
There are other sources for television listings, and we’ll adapt.
However, I have to make a comment about your new format as regards to the weekend comics.
This may seem trivial in light of everything else that has happened in Newfoundland over the past couple of weeks, but perhaps a good laugh is even more important now as a means of getting us through the rest of the winter.
Unless you’re going to issue magnifying glasses with your weekend papers, I do think that squeezing 23 full comic strips into approximately 1 1/4 pages of the paper is a bit much.
Advertising is important, no doubt, but can you please at least give the comics two full pages?
We need them now more than ever, and straining to decipher the tiny print spoils the joke a little.
Thanks for listening. Some days it’s the little annoying things that really tip the balance for us.