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Fri., Feb. 3, 2006, 9:40 a.m.

Reader: How Much News Lost In Redesign?

"Regarding the make-over of the newspaper: It was done ex-parte -- no choice, take it or leave it. Seems like an odd way to do business for a newspaper devoted to dialogue. Steve Smith didn't say anything about this at his lunch address at First Presbyterian last week. That would have been a good venue for conversation.

"Why is it that the loyalists get the axe? Those of us who loyally read the newspaper get less while you chase the non-reader market. Tough business decision!

"I can't help but feel like there is less news/editorial content. How much is lost with the switch...15 percent? Too much white space and too large headings on the sections. Use it for news!

"If we lost 15 percent of the news content, how can that be fair to those of us who pay several months in advance and took you up on automatic withdrawal at the Fair? Didn't you just raise the price 15 percent without consulting readers? -- Martin Wells

Editor Steve Smith provides his answer here.

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.