Covering local news key to newspaper's success

info@islandpacket.comAugust 25, 2013 

There is no value in publishing letters to the editor that contain the words or subject of Republican or Democrat. Many letters are not factual, are slanted and almost never change anyone's mind. If you want to lose a friend, try changing him.

I do, however, enjoy opinions and analyses of local issues for interesting points of view. I suggest the newspaper drop national and international news, as we hear it on radio, see it on TV and look it up on the Internet. Maybe a short one-page summary would be adequate.

Recently, The Washington Post was purchased for $250 million on the bet that it can survive when other newspapers are going out of business. The new owners will continue to invest in the creativity and expertise of its brilliant writers. They will be writing their community, not ours.

Your newspaper will survive if it expands its writing staff (more like David Lauderdale) and focuses on broader coverage of local news.

Dick Tyrrell

Hilton Head Island

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