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October 20, 2015

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Brian: I want to extend my thanks for your critiques of the Statesman-Journal. I am not a journalist and have found myself rebuffed by Dick Hughes for pointing out basic editorial issues along the lines that I would be more understanding if I could only walk in his shoes .

Mike Davis has no time to defend his paper on OPB, but he always wants me to call him when I've tried to point out to him similar issues.

We regularly watch Rachel Maddow. She frequently emphasizes the importance of on-the-ground print journalists and the vital importance of local newspapers. I had typed "the role newspapers play" but felt that "play" is what the SJ does, as in "playing games;" "play" is not what journalism is about (though I can be criticized for this as I am not a journalist and hence am not qualified to pass judgment on those who are initiates).

I also thank you for seeking to distinguish the work that the reporters do from the paper itself. We sometimes unfairly lump the likes of Zach Urness, Henry Miller, Victor Panichkul, and the trained reporters with Hughes and Davis.

The paper's decision to be USA today with a spattering of what passes for local reporting as determined by the editorial staff may now be the best part of the paper. I wouldn't know. For several years, we've augmented our subscription to the SJ with the New York Times. I simply pitch the USA today part, and the balance becomes what I call "the moment of silence" as that is about the amount of time that it takes to read.

I am especially galled at the paper's use of their two balancing (?) columnists, Ron Eachus and Dan Lucas: column inches printed without any editorial responsibility.

Again, good job.

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