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Seattle Times letters to the editor

September 30, 2008 at 4:33 PM

Letters to the Web

Changes could be positive

I read James Vesely’s story today about letters to the editor and some opinions moving to an online location [“See you online Tuesday: The times are changing,” editorial, Sept. 29]. While I appreciate the opportunities this will open up for people, I regret the changes taking place in print.

In any case, I hope the online developments will be easy to find, follow and interact with for those of us who do not spend a lot of time with this type of technology.

The main issue for me is changing my own habits and remembering to take the time to look at The Times online, which is something I rarely do.

Maybe you will gain new readers this way but I hope you don’t lose many in the process.

— Tamara Scarlett-Lyon, Seattle

Where did they go?

I’ve always found great value in the editorial pages of The Seattle Times; two, three or four op-ed pieces and a few letters — great way to feed the mind, encourage thought and discussion.

Glad to know you’ll be saving money. Haven’t decided yet, but one-page editorial page is like Saturday, every day — may not be taking the daily much longer.

I’ll be missing freely shared ideas.

— Catherine E. Hall, Seattle

Not quite the same

By moving the letters to the editor off the editorial page and on to the Web you have effectively removed one of the major reasons I read The Seattle Times: to get a daily overview with my morning coffee.

I am not likely to take the time to read letters on my computer as my mindset and focus is entirely different when I’m online.

— Warren Keuffel, Anacortes

Bring back print

In Sunday’s Times you told us about your new idea to put most of the editorial section online during the week.

Recently subscription holders were told that regular subscription and daily newspaper rates were going up. We are now getting less printed news information for more money.

What about the population of older people who have not mastered computer skills, don’t have time and do not feel comfortable reading their news on a computer screen with their coffee and breakfast perched in front of them.

— Bjorn and Gail Sorensen, Issaquah

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