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Closure leaves a bad taste

October 12, 2009

Re "The gloss is off the magazine industry," Oct. 6

How sad to read that Gourmet magazine was pruned by its parent company, Conde Nast.

In the current corporate model, when a division or product line struggles, instead of rallying the business acumen needed to fix it, the company lops off that division or product. In doing so, it fails its employees; it fails its customers; it fails the history and tradition of the products we use; it fails to shepherd excellence.

Conglomerate giants, with their witless slash-and-burn methods, have proved themselves too big not to fail.

J. John Chevalier

Temple City

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