Our makeover: Too extreme?
Re format changes: I second the comments in Sandy Brown’s letter (Aug. 13), but the fatal blow was discontinuing Dear Abby in the Calendar section. Each day I looked forward to my three favorite sections of the L.A. Times: for amusement (Dear Abby), intellectual stimulation (Opinion) and expanding my viewpoint on various topics (letters to the editor). Now there is no reason to continue my subscription.
I cannot stand the new version of the Sunday Opinion section. Did The Times think that by putting in more cartoons and jokey articles and making the headlines ridiculously large that more people would read this section? It is kind of an insult to our intelligence. Please reduce the print size, take out the jokes, increase the letters to the editor space and recruit writers of note who will present interesting, challenging ideas about events that concern us.
I think the revamped Current section is good. Sunday’s well-written articles were diverse; other weeks you take a more singular focus. I find them all thought-provoking. I even think Joel Stein is funny! Well, sometimes. What brought about my response, though, is Brendan Buhler’s “Word Watch.” Because I write our company’s newsletter, I enjoy this lighthearted focus on word-craft. Two words -- dive on!
After resigning myself to your new page layout for Opinion, it occurs to me that in the letters section you need some short letters to fill those big, empty spaces between the longer letters. Feel free to use this one.