Federal Budget Cuts and the Future of U.S. News

Readers react on the budget and the future of U.S. News.

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Prime Cuts

"So what would you cut?" [Editor's Note, November 12] Given that we really don't want our country to go bankrupt, the best way to do this is the same as how you move to a smaller house. You don't agonize over letting go of each item, but instead tag the stuff you must take with you, and leave the rest behind. Do we really not realize how serious our financial situation is?

SUSAN STEPHENS Midland, Mich.

The cuts need to be made across the board including—especially—the entitlement programs. Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid are killing us. Americans need to be weaned off of government programs by providing people incentives to save for their own welfare.

CHRISTOPHER ZIMMERMAN Whetstone, Ariz.

The Future of U.S. News

I look forward to the arrival of my U.S. News Weekly [Editor's Note, November 19]. In fact, my diminishing print version was getting less and less of my attention. I enjoy the opinions in the two attached podcasts. I usually seek balance in weekly current events watching and reading. Hopefully U.S. News Weekly will report both sides of issues. I prefer to make up my own mind rather than listen to a continuing barrage of opinionated pundits, disguised as newscasters, on radio and TV.

LAURENCE WITTIG Phoenix

I have been a U.S. News subscriber for decades, but I won't continue after the print edition ceases. I spend a good deal of time in front of my computers and it is not relaxing. When I want to read a magazine, I prefer to do it in my leather chair or bed. This is the first time I have read the online edition, ever. I am not enjoying it.

ALAN WINTERS Bellaire, Texas

As a U.S. News subscriber for decades, I enjoy the weekly. Mixing sections of unbiased news with writer opinions makes for an enjoyable read. However, keep it short—about its present size—as one doesn't want to sit for hours in front of a computer.

JERRY PASEK Rancho Murieta, Calif.

As someone who has subscribed to U.S. News & World Report for almost 40 years, I was very disappointed by the demise of the weekly print edition, and I'm going to miss the monthly print edition, too. And I'm not a Luddite. I am a distinguished member of the technical staff at a major telecom company, and I've been a direct participant in the development of the standards that have supported the evolution of cable and telco Internet delivery. I've been an early adopter of technologies like smartphones. That said, I still like holding a newsmagazine and, for that matter, my daily newspaper.

BOB STEIN Coopersburg, Pa.

Things I like: interactive graphs, video and audio supplements. This is a multimedia format; give us more of it. I don't peruse your journal for the written content alone. Things I miss: articles on science and health news, something other than politics. I miss the color. Pictures are intriguing and help add emotion and art and zip to the mundane. Things I would change: less emphasis on all things political. I can only absorb so much of Washington's missteps before I lose interest.

DONNA ALDER Rochester, N.Y.

I strongly preferred the print version and very much looked forward to having something I could hold in my hand and take anywhere to read without worrying about Internet access. It used to be I could share the magazine with my wife and kids, but now that is not possible (or at least not very convenient). We are getting much less value out of it.

JOHN KEREKES Pittsford, N.Y.

Drop the weekly presidential report card. No president deserves to be treated that way: like some schoolchild bringing home weekly grade reports. We have also been polled and given poll results until we are numb (or dumb).

JOHN GRUMBLES West Chester, Ohio

As a longtime subscriber to U.S. News, I was upset with the change from a weekly magazine to a monthly publication combined with the weekly digital version. But, bravo! I thought I would miss the ability to sit back and enjoy my print version; that has not been the case. U.S. News Weekly is something I look forward to each Friday as it arrives on my laptop. As a 61-year-old high school teacher, your new format has helped me see the merits of the digital age and delights my students when we discuss issues in my economics classes pulled from the weekly digital.

STUART SIMS San Clemente, Calif.

Yes, I carry a BlackBerry, another cellphone, and work almost exclusively on a laptop away from the office . . . but there is something special (for me) in disconnecting from all of that, sitting in a comfortable chair, and reading something on paper. If you could consolidate all of your weekly reporting into one place (like the Weekly), which contains a variety of topics and in-depth information, that would add immeasurable value to my subscription. Your current Weekly seems to concentrate too much on politics and not enough on other issues.

STEVEN DRAGESET Mount Shasta, Calif.

I like the digital Weekly and its format. But I wish the articles would cover more world news and less on Washington, as the print edition did. After all, "world report" is still part of your name, and it's beginning to seem like a bit of a misnomer. Your magazine was a great way to keep up with international affairs. I have yet to find a good print magazine to fill that void.

THOMAS LERCZAK Havana, Ill.

I want a weekly newsmagazine, and I'll pay for it. Yes, I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore.

MIKE THORNTON Memphis

I'm a subscriber to the digital Weekly. I love it. I love being able to get current news quickly. I won't be disappointed to see the print version go away. Personally, I don't read it. Print has really gone the way of the dinosaur with respect to news.

DIANA DILL Pittsburgh

I miss the old weekly newsmags—I am a reader without a laptop. I enjoy cramming things into my bag to read whenever I have a moment. That being said, I have enjoyed the weekly U.S. News via E-mail—less content, but nice. However, if I am busy, I often don't have time to read everything, because I am not able to sit at my computer and don't want to print out every edition—isn't that why you're digital?

MARSHA WEINER Savannah, Ga.

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