For two years I have been reading the MauiTime faithfully. It’s my entertainment on Thursday evening while my husband watches bad TV. I look forward to it. However it has gotten really boring and soooo full of advertisements. Yes, I do understand ads are the bread and butter of an independently owned newspaper. There’s a newspaper like yours in San Diego, The Reader. It used to be the greatest newspaper. Interesting articles, funny commentaries, book reviews, etc. Now it’s huge advertising newspaper. It’s so boring.
There was an article in one MauiTime that was about some squatters on land near the river (or was it near the ocean?). Anyway what happened to those people?
What is with the Open Letters? This week it was a person talking to their space heater. Are these from real people or nut cases? I have never spoken to a heater before.
You are our only hope for interesting articles about interesting people and places and issues. The Maui News is so awful, I can’t bring myself to even buy it. I go to Barnes & Noble just to read The New York Times so I can keep up on things. Some of us really like printing on paper. Not everyone loves the Internet or getting all the information from it. I love to hold a newspaper in my hands and read.
How about articles about interesting people who are making it on Maui? I just met a guy who makes fabric. Whatever! Interesting guy. There’s a guy at the swap meet who sharpens knives? What? There are girls here who redo and make furniture. There’s a sea glass jewelry war going on between the people who sell it at fairs and the swap meet. It’s hysterical!! There are people who weave and help disabled kids learn to weave. Go to the Swap Meet and interview the people who have interesting booths (please, no jewelry). How about a cooking page where people who are home cooks are featured and the recipes. How about a column where the writer tells funny things they see or hear around Maui. Place is really funny!! Servers have great stories!
Please, use some imagination. I’d hate to see it go the way of The Reader in San Diego.
-Cecila Holder, via email