I’ve been deployed to Afghanistan since July and have thoroughly enjoyed reading Stars and Stripes daily. Thank you for providing this free to forward deployed locations. It is a wonderful service to offer to those of us who are hungry for news of home and deprived of any normal news or media.

That being said, the reduction in service/product and elimination of all the “fun stuff,” as well as the change in paper quality and size is noticeable and very disappointing. Your readers have spoken! We want the complete package of a hold-in-your-hands newspaper!

I can’t tell you how much I miss reading Dear Abby, the horoscopes and all the juicy puzzles.

If you think deployed personnel really are walking around with iPads and laptops or sitting at computers (that constantly lose Internet connection!) reading the news, you are sorely mistaken. The newspaper goes with us into the dining facilities, on the bus, next to the bed in the hut, and everywhere else we go.

Please just admit you made a mistake and give us a real paper again.

Col. Mary Kay Goetter

Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan

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