Get Stars Wars off page one
I was appalled to see the entire front page of the December 18, Guardian, completely covered by a colour picture of Star Wars. I cannot recall such an insult to newspaper readers. Basically, a full-page ad for Disney (which doesn’t need the money) provided free-of charge by the Guardian.
A full front-page should be reserved for the Second Coming, Armageddon or the beginning of World War Three. Who is in charge in the new ‘Ivory Tower’? Is this news, as in ‘newspaper’? Usual routine, I believe, for many Islanders — front page — check; letters to the editor — check; obituaries — check. Read the rest later.
Where is the news? All we have is coffee-shop rumours. Who made a fortune on the PNP? How? Name the names. Whose idea was the ‘global e-gambling’ fiasco — why wasn’t this cash given to charity instead? How come there are so many vehicles with either blinding or no daytime running lights?
What happened to Trooper, the cat of many stories and letters — the one who had his little well, you know, frozen in the snow? How many people live in the hospital because there is no room for them in nursing homes — how much does this cost the taxpayers?
Who are all these guest columnists? Why is the obituary page full of stories of people no one remembers — former NFL greats/coaches/water boys? Wife of famous writer who stabbed her with a pen? And on and on...
I’d rather read Women’s’ Institute new or bridge results from Dunstaffnage than this ‘filler.’
If the Guardian can’t do better than it’s doing, it should change its slogan to ‘ Covers the Island Like doggie-doo’.
We want news from a newspaper. Is that too much to ask? Gary Walker Charlottetown