First, from raymac:
This was crappy news to start my day......Mike I will miss your columns and the Outdoor section which I assume is going away or will wither to non local articles. This was one section of the paper that I always looked forward to reading. Nice last article.
to vent....what are the idiots doing who run the paper. If the N&O has a plan to be successful I don't see it. They continue to cut any content that is of regional local interest other than investigating state government. (I appreciate the investigative journalism but that doesn't sustain a daily paper and if you are successful eventually there will be nothing to write about.
Second, from BanzaiHeels:
In an age of increasing production costs and declining circulations, readers certainly understand the need for tightening belts in newsrooms around the country. HOWEVER, in the age of the internet, I can read national wire copy for free on thousands of websites, so what value does the N&O bring to the table? What has set the paper apart is the quality of local writers like Mike Z, who bring timely, informative and humorous columns that make me want to pick up the paper in the morning, instead of immediately turning on my laptop.
Mike, your avid readers will miss you dearly and look forward to hearing about the next steps in your journey! As for the N&O, I think the deck chairs on the Titanic need to be rearranged some more.