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Preserve newspaper for community and beyond

We have been visiting Hawaii each year for over 20 years. One of the highlights of our trips has been to enjoy The Maui News which truly depicts Hawaiian culture which is rich and wonderful.

This is how we became immersed in Hawaii for every trip, and this enriched our experience and encouraged us to come again. We took home all the copies we could get so we could re-enjoy the time we spent in Hawaii.

It was with great dismay that we recently learned of the reduction of staff and dismal path of this lovely newspaper is taking. We understand that decisions are being made back east by people who have little understanding of what Hawaiian life is truly like or don’t totally understand the people and their culture.

To head down the path of disillusion of the paper is heartbreaking. Hawaii is a family whose members need connections to each other. Reducing this great newspaper would disconnect and divide this family.

We have used the classified from The Maui News on the Mainland to make purchases. We marvel at the wonder photography of award-winning Matthew Thayer to remember our good times and encourage friends to also go to Hawaii and experience this wonderful state and its unique culture. Quick phone capture certainly doesn’t compare.

We fervently hope the management of The Maui News can find a way to preserve the newspaper for the local community and beyond. There must be a way to do this instead of focusing solely on the bottom line.

Susan Thompson

Atlanta, Georgia

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