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Briefly, I’m a major stockholder of Stars and Stripes, with more than $3,000 in purchases since 1994 … trust me, I added it up. With the disappearance of the Ann Coulter column recently, I’ve had to re-evaluate my stockholder status.

With the dismal state of journalism between the print media, TV and radio, I’ve been forced over the past 10 years to read varying points from both sides to arrive at the "truth." This was simply one of three dozen columns that I read on a weekly basis.

The amusing status of Stripes as my "hometown" newspaper probably has come and gone. I can read my real hometown newspaper nightly via the Internet. And if they aren’t capable of being decent journalists, then I have the option to read more than 100 blogs from the home state and get far more information than I ever needed.

So I’m about to make a decision: Come Oct. 15, if there is no return of the Coulter column, I will terminate my stockholder status and skip purchasing the daily Stars and Stripes. The neat thing is that I can get all the news I need via the Internet and avoid this silly "control game."

I could end up saving that $150-odd a year to spend on cheap wine, women (my wife), and more expensive haircuts. So my stockholder status hangs in the balance.

Roy HammondRamstein Air Base, Germany


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