Surprise, surprise. America's newspapers are experiencing their "fourth holiday slump" and the start of their fourth decade of declining readership ("Bad News for Newspapers," Dec. 15).
How could this be? Well, for starters, watch how long it takes for one reader's input to get into print, when everything else is automated with high-speed telecommunications and electronic transfers. This letter was written Dec. 16.
Next, ask the average consumer how he or she feels about paying more for the monthly subscription, as long as the newsprint taxes have been increased anyway, for a daily publication that is 85% ads. Even newspaper classified ads offer more marketing for their firms than they provide real employment opportunities for the subscriber.
Or you might want to ask environmentally aware citizens what they think about the quantity of newspaper filler dedicated to dubious sales. What goes through their minds as they stack piles of papers for the recycling truck every week?