A costly dis­ap­point­ment

Taranaki Daily News - - Comment & Opinion -

How dis­ap­point­ing this pa­per has be­come. Call­ing it the Taranaki Daily News is a mis­nomer. For years, I sus­pect since the pa­per started, we have had ded­i­cated jour­nal­ists who spent their Satur­days and Sun­days watch­ing sport and call­ing around the prov­ince to pro­vide their read­ers with a com­pre­hen­sive re­port on Mon­day. But not any more; you have deemed sport, part of the in­trin­sic fab­ric of New Zealand, a non en­tity.

Lo­cal sport, what­ever it may be, is hugely im­por­tant to the peo­ple of Taranaki. It holds the var­i­ous com­mu­ni­ties to­gether and there is noth­ing bet­ter than the friendly ri­valry of one club beat­ing an­other. We should also re­mem­ber that sport is healthy. It should be en­cour­aged at all lev­els and team sport is part of grow­ing up; learn­ing to work and play with oth­ers is an im­por­tant part of our so­cial fab­ric.

Yet in its in­fi­nite wis­dom the Mup­pet heads of Fair­fax have deemed this so unim­por­tant that you no longer have ded­i­cated jour­nal­ists and each sport is re­spon­si­ble for its own re­ports.

It is no won­der you are los­ing cus­tomers. Your pa­per at $2.00 is over­priced for what it de­liv­ers. Per­haps I should thank you, you have stopped my early morn­ing walk to buy the pa­per and now with the money saved I can buy a cup of cof­fee.

It would have been two cups but for the new taxes from this gov­ern­ment. They are like this pa­per - of­fer a lot but de­liver noth­ing.

D O’Sul­li­van


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