Of Print and Pixels

At age 75, I have been a "print" person for well over a half century.


At age 75, I have been a "print" person for well over a half century.

During my last two years of high school and all through college, I worked as a reporter on my hometown weekly newspaper and dreamed of penning the novel that would shake the world and make me immortal. Instead, I devoted more than 50 years to following sirens down lots of dark, dead-end streets, only narrowly avoiding oblivion. Now on Social Security and VA disability income, I don't indulge in many magazine subscriptions. I made an exception for U.S. News. The frequent "double issues" had already suggested to me that the magazine has need of a new name, omitting the term "news." Now you tell me you're making it permanent [Editor's Note: "Welcome to the New U.S. News," July 21-28]. I'm going to try your online edition, although with dial-up Internet service it's a bit of a drag. Technology has altered our lives in ways both marvelous and disconcerting. U.S. News deserves credit for rolling with the punches.

Charles E. Collier

Cuba, Mo.  

I appreciate the change to publishing every other week with the plan to provide richer stories with more depth. There have been many times I have been drawn to a story on the news via exciting live coverage, only to find the dialogue repetitive and facts primitive. Many times I have been unable to find in-depth follow-through on that same story, after the fact. So I am greatly looking forward to reading your richer, deeper stories in a biweekly format. And yes, I agree that screens cannot engage you the way a story in print can.

Nicole McCoy

Camp Hill, Pa.  

Your announcement that you will be publishing every other week may require more than a change in your logo. Some news stories can be almost a fortnight old when they appear. Perhaps you should change your title to U.S. History and World Archives Report.

Col. William Neff

USAF (Ret.)
Diamondhead, Miss.