Since I moved to Madison in 1996, picking up Isthmus on Thursdays has been a part of my weekly routine. Over the years, I've picked up over 800 issues with great anticipation.
During these years I saw several changes to the paper's format and layout...but I stuck with the changes.
When Bill Lueders left in 2011 I saw a decline in journalistic quality and an increase in puff pieces...but I stuck with the changes.
When management change occurred in 2014 I saw further decline in content and big increases in advertisements...but I stuck with the changes.
Now, you eliminated the last remaining thing that I looked forward to: the movie directory listing. I cannot stick with this change.
I am writing to inform you that I'm done with Isthmus and will no longer pick up this paper.
I can hardly find the words to express my disappointment in the new Isthmus. It has become an entertainment weekly for the younger crowd. Isthmus has always been a reliable place for us to check for movie theaters and times.
Okay, so I am a member of the older generation. I have been with Isthmus since the beginning and sure dislike the changes. Vince O'Hern, I miss you.
Sue Schuetz, Cross Plains
You might as well leave out the reviews as well as the movie listings, as it does no good to tell us about movies we don't know when or where to see.
Kriss Hamilton, Middleton
Thanks so much for the local focus of your holiday shopping suggestions (Giving, 11/20/2014)! It's always frustrating to read a local paper that sends people shopping at online big-box stores. It means a lot to the diversity and quality of this community that we all do what we can to support local and independent businesses, seeing as they contribute more to local charities, job creation and tax revenue. May I also suggest Hatch Art House for a great collection of Wisconsin art?
Laura Komai, owner, Anthology