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Please respect Grand County’s newspaper traditions

To the Editor:

I am writing in protest of the many changes that I am unhappy with in the new paper.

First of all, I want to say that there are a lot of things that I do like. For example: I really enjoy the weather drawings from the children of the area. I also enjoy the much more diverse news being put into the paper.

What I do not like is the editor who lies about things such as bringing back Pluggers and the new look of the real estate section. Why must it be so glossy? Don’t you know that all that gloss is putting tons of toxins into our water systems? I saw one week that was not glossed up and thought it was just fine.

Also, I am curious as to what happened to the free section of the classified. That was a great way for people to re-use and recycle things in the county. We do have a garbage dump problem, you know. Let’s bring it back so people can help slow down how fast we use up our current landfill.

And finally, why is it that a person is only allowed to send in one submission to the letter to the editor every 30 days? That seems very repressive and unnecessary. A letter should be allowed if it has merit and makes the reader think about our community. We already have low participation numbers when it comes to people being active in the community. I feel, that if someone has something valid to say, then let them say it.

You as the editor should be able to distinguish who has said too much about certain subjects and put someone else’s opinion in. Otherwise, let’s not discourage people from being involved with what is happening in the valley.

Patrick Brower was never like that. A valid opinion is a valid opinion. We are not every other mountain town and just because whatever newspaper format works in Summit or Vail, does not mean it will or has to work here. We want our autonomy, too.

Overall, I like the new paper, but I do not like the idea of just having to deal with the whims of an editor or owner who has come from someplace else and is stuck on what worked there. We were here first and expect more from our local paper.

Please don’t expect us to just take it because it’s there. We demand certain traditions to stand no matter what. Thank you for listening and hopefully understanding. I know your job is not easy and appreciate what you all do. Keep up the good work.

Thomas Harris

Granby


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