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I have been watching the shrinkage and decline of the Philadelphia Inquirer for decades now, and how so many of its competitors have totally folded. During WWII, there were five viable dailies, which became three from the '50s on. The other survivor shares ownership and plant with the Inky. Their recent economics columnist left a few weeks ago as part of another downsizing. Andrew Cassel was excellent, and I want to see what happens before I make a final judgement. A clearly-labeled corporate column might be preferable to having the newspaper disappear completely. But too much depends on the attitude and balance of the person responsible. This is not a great idea.

John D. Froelich

Upper Darby, Pennsylvania

Apr 26 2007 - 7:50pm