It is with deep sadness that I feel compelled to write this letter of dissatisfaction with the Brainerd Dispatch. I have been a dedicated Dispatch subscriber all of my adult years (I’m old) and have also bought many gift subscriptions for family members.
With the decision to change the format, the paper lost its idea of importance of what is newsworthy and replaced it with tripe. While those involved may think otherwise, the majority of your readers subscribe to the Dispatch for local, state, national news and lastly, social information. The personal stories would be better placed in a different location of the newspaper...not the front page. If the format decision is that of the Morris Publishing Group, it is discouraging to think there is no longer local control.
Some recent front page stories (of many columns) seem to glorify bad behavior which is not, in my opinion, newsworthy even if they have “reformed.” This may send the wrong message for it is attention-getting for those in need of it. If people have reformed and changed their conduct, they are to be commended...not necessarily worthy of front page news.
It seems the front page Dispatch newspaper has turned into a photo contest...not my idea of newsworth. This is only important to the photographer and the subjects in the picture. I have also noticed the print seems to be faded compared to previous papers.
If the Dispatch is steadily losing subscribers, the computer is not totally to blame. Some of the reasons may be what I have mentioned in the above statements.
Now the good news! Your editorial in the Opinion column is a welcome addition to the Dispatch. I have heard many positive opinions of your articles. Keep it up! Thanks.
On a personal note, now you see why I am not a writer...