Letter: I prefer my Eagle in print

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To the editor:

I was pretty devastated to read that my favorite newspaper, The Berkshire Eagle, is not going to publish a print version on Sundays and Mondays.

When I look through our records, I find that we began subscribing to The Eagle 46 years ago on Sept. 16, 1974, (or before) at a cost of $28 for a year. Ever since then, it has been a favorite source of news about local, national and international events.

Newsprint is by far our preferred format. One can take the paper anywhere, such as out on the lawn in good weather, or in the car when one of us is running an errand or having a medical appointment or the like, so the person left in the car can catch up on the news. One can read in the lavatory and, in my case, at the end of the day, I often have not finished the paper, so I can do that while relaxing in the bathtub. A person can catch up not only on the news but on seven days' worth of local opinion as shared in letters to the editor. I further clip articles of interest to save or to share.

Though you offer an Eagle on the computer, that's not the same as having it in print. Many of us already spend quite enough time during the day at our computers as it is, a situation which must be all the worse for those whose jobs require sitting at a computer for many hours each day.

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In your paper of late, you have reported on the bookstore in Lenox taking in a grand amount from supportive customers, plus The Guthrie Center making such a request.

How about having The Eagle poll its readers to see how many would agree to pay a bit more for their subscription rather than loose two out of seven days of having it in hand? I would respond in the affirmative.

I hope you can change your mind, dear Eagle.

Don Lathrop,

Canaan., N.Y.


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