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I absolutely hate the changes made to Stars and Stripes on Oct. 1.

I have read the paper on and off since our first tour in Germany in 1988, and I have watched with dismay the changes forced by budget cuts and a drop in readership. I did not like the combining of Pacific and European editions, but understood it was necessary and it really didn’t change the paper that much.

But these most recent cuts change everything. The cuts took away the paper’s personality. Two-thirds of the comics are missing, the Volksmarch column is gone — all these things made the paper more fun and interesting.

Because we also get the International New York Times, I am struggling to now find a reason to read Stars and Stripes. You have probably lost another customer.

Lisa Jones

Stuttgart, Germany

Stripes changes upset reader

I complained before about eliminating the television schedule from Stars and Stripes, and I questioned you as to what is next. The funnies?

You answered that by not only deleting the TV sports schedule on the Scoreboard page but then also my favorite funnies and the Jumble puzzle. Is customer service considered when you make these decisions? Evidently not!

There is a lot of Europe news in my paper that is of little or no concern to me and other Pacific readers (as evidenced by a previous letter to the editor). Consider customer service and delete Europe news — and bring back the comics, the Jumble and, hopefully, the TV sports schedule.

I’m old-fashioned and look forward to reading my paper in my easy chair. But now I pay a subscription-and-delivery charge for a paper that I no longer enjoy reading or look forward to receiving. If there was another paper to choose from, I would cancel my subscription.

Ken Corrier

Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan

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