Citizens need paper to be informed about community

Like so many of you, I was shocked and deeply saddened to see that The Maui News will no longer have home delivery and will end its Sunday newspaper.

This is not only a blow to our community, but to the incredibly talented staff, including the great reporters and the best news photographer in the state, who have persevered through a shrinking newsroom, a shrinking product and a faraway owner.

My hope is that someone out there has an answer to not only maintain our daily newspaper and return home delivery service, but make the paper stronger so residents will want to subscribe. Perhaps a new owner with vision and a passion for community news will lead the way.

I was so fortunate to have worked at The Maui News from 1989 through 2006 with some outstanding journalists. There were many times when I felt we were the best newspaper in Hawaii.

We all know that newspapers face enormous challenges from the 24-hour news cycle, but we cannot be well-informed citizens about our community by relying solely on television and the internet.

Maui deserves a daily newspaper — and a newspaper that we can be proud of. I, for one, will be keeping my subscription. Save our Maui News!

Valerie Monson

Makawao

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