Well, it turns out quite a few people just don't want to go without their daily dose of Letters to the Editor.
On Monday, we put out an edition of The Maui News without an Opinion page. Mind you, we were going to publish any letters received on another day of the week - all would have run. To be honest, we were trying to save a little bit of newsprint and ink on what is traditionally our weakest advertising day Monday.
Our experiment proved every bit as successful as a North Korean missile launch. One message left on our answering machine suggested we try a physical feat that is anatomically impossible.
A bunch of people simply said the letters are their favorite part of the paper. That is nice to hear because we've always felt that serving as a public forum for ideas is one of the main functions of a newspaper. And, boy, there are a lot of ideas exchanged in our letters.
In any event, the message from our readers was received loud and clear. Monday's experiment was a one-day wonder. An opinion page will appear every day that we put out a paper and, if we have letters, they'll be on it.
Thanks for letting us hear from you. We apologize to anybody whose breakfast was ruined by not having a bunch of letters to chew on with their coffee.
We'll try not to miss any servings in the future.
* Editorials reflect the opinion of the publisher.