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March 16, 2009 at 2:35 PM

The future of journalism

Save the printed newspaper

A recent column by Ryan Blethen, “Newspaper transition: Preserve local newsgathering” [Opinion, March 13], discusses how a past column of his resulted in numerous e-mails declaring the death of the printed newspaper and how that’s OK. Blethen states that may be all right as long as we can preserve the local newsgathering aspect of the old-style printed newspaper online.

Well, I for one will greatly miss getting the newspaper (in paper form) daily and I believe that its passing will be a great loss. I’ll miss those discussions and debates with my wife over coffee in the mornings as we each read our sections of the paper. I just can’t envision us with our laptops on the breakfast table, each reading a “newspaper.”

Or, how about all of the patrons of a breakfast diner sitting at the counter all with their laptops beaming the news to them. Great for interaction, right?

Call me old-fashioned but it just doesn’t ring true. I’ll miss the printed newspaper, and I’m certain there are a lot of other people who will as well.

— Robert Oberlander, Issaquah

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