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Why not just one newspaper?
I stopped subscribing to the Whidbey News-Times a few years ago, when the then-editor, in his own editorial, used the word staid as a past tense of stay. I had asked of the two previous editors that they should hire a literate proof reader, and was always told that the newspaper has two good proof readers.
In looking for something in my neighbors paper of Dec. 12, I happened to see a letter to the editor by Stephanie Daly, Tell us about down there. I agree most whole-heartedly with her comments.
We are only one little island, regardless of the U.S. Supreme Court decision making Whidbey the largest island in the contiguous United States. We live in the central portion of the island, but have friends all over the island. We subscribe to the Coupeville Gazette, as it generally has fewer errors and contains more information about our part of Whidbey. Also, we receive free the Whidbey Marketplace & Community Journal, which usually contains more about what is going on than the (excuse the expression) newspapers.
Why doesnt the publisher of the Oak Harbor and south end papers finally wise up and publish an all-island newspaper, with sections for: the north end, middle and south end. That way, we would all get all the news (hopefully) and advertising for the whole island, so that we would have better choices of where to shop. I believe that the advertisers would benefit from that, too.