Comment 1620

By Joe (registered) | Posted October 20, 2006 at 21:48:43

Thanks for expressing what I was feeling. I was also extremely disappointed with the latest changes to the Spectator. The front page is, well, plain. So much for promoting Hamilton symbols (e.g. skyway bridge).

You are also correct about the negative impact of the crime blotter--it gives people a false belief that crime rates are getting worse when in fact they have been dropping steadily since the early 1990s.

The short story format seems to move the Spec into the 'Metro' world (free newspaper with short news stories for people who commute to work). If people are too busy to get the whole story, they can stop reading after the first few paragraphs and get all the info they need. The rest of us actually want the whole story.

What makes The Spec unique is its focus on local news stories--I am definitely happier to see more news at this end.

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