Letter to our readers: Economy forces changes to Sentinel

Some of you may have seen a notice from me in your Out & About on Friday, telling you that beginning Monday there will be no more daily television listings in the printed edition of The Daily Sentinel, and saying more changes are coming.

None of us at The Daily Sentinel relishes the thought of the changes that we must make. We don’t like them any more than you do. But the economy of 2009 — I think we all know that it is a difficult year — requires us to allocate our resources as wisely and prudently.

One of the ways we can do that is by reducing our consumption of newsprint. With that thought in mind, we hope that although you may not like the changes in your daily newspaper that will begin Monday, that at least you will understand why we must make them.

You already know about the television listings. They can still be found weekly in Out & About and online at GJSentinel.com/tv (address is case sensitive).

In addition, here are a number of other differences you will see beginning Monday:

•  There will no longer be a Monday commentary page. We will, however, continue to write a Monday editorial. It can be found on GJSentinel.com, and we urge you, as you often do, to read it and let us know whether you think we are right, or have no idea what we are talking about. We will also post on our Web site many columns that we get every week, from all points of the political spectrum, but don’t now publish.

•  The Daily Planner will go away, but our searchable calendar will remain online.

•  There will be fewer sports pages, but we will continue to put a premium on local sports coverage.

•  Some of our regular columnists will move. Watch the guide that will appear on the bottom of Page 1 every day this week for details.

•  The People column, which now appears daily, will be published on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

•  And finally, we will cancel five comic strips, but we hope to add more comics to our Web site soon.

We have been fortunate at The Daily Sentinel for many years to produce a newspaper in an economy that has done nothing but grow. As a result, we’ve added dozens of features over the years. But that has all changed in 2009 and we must eliminate some of them.

What we are not eliminating, and never will, is our commitment to provide readers with the most comprehensive local news coverage of Mesa County and western Colorado.

We hope the economy improves, and improves quickly. When it does we’ll revisit some of these decisions.

Thank you for reading The Daily Sentinel and GJSentinel.com.

Executive editor
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