Ticked off by Times layoffs

Can someone explain to me how firing 100 Los Angeles Times employees, including 40 or 50 in the newsroom, will improve The Times? ("Tribune Co. to cut staff by 2%," Feb. 14.)

I am on the verge of canceling my subscription in protest of the corporate greed that motivates this nonsense. A newspaper is not a widget factory. It is an essential part of informing the citizenry in a democracy.

The new owner of The Times obviously has no understanding of this basic fact.

Russ Nichols

Los Angeles

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