Letter: 'Online Extras' in The Berkshire Eagle

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To the editor:

In the Aug. 28 Eagle's "Online Extras" section, the article about how Abraham Lincoln could have lost his bid at reelection because of fraudulent mail in voting was very, very interesting.

It's a shame only readers of the online edition could experience reading it, or rather how readers of the "printed edition" were denied the opportunity to read it. It is a poor journalistic practice to deprive people lacking computer literacy of the articles that are in the online extra edition, especially when you consider how flimsy the printed edition has become.

I have always read the printed edition and only recently discovered the "Online Extras" edition. I much prefer reading the printed edition in the comfort of an easy chair with my coffee available rather than staring at a computer screen and not being able to easily flip back and forth. I can take my newspaper with me and read it at a more convenient time or place; I cannot take my desktop computer with me.

What I find frustrating is that most of the articles in the online extras are valuable news item. Of the 20 pages in the Aug. 28 printed edition, approximately 7.5 pages are advertisements, 2 pages are editorials, and 1 page is entertainment, leaving 9.5 pages, or less than 50 percent, for news and pictures. Please start including the online extra edition newsworthy articles in the printed edition.

Joseph Doboszynski,




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