When will newspaper editors get it? If you cut comics, readers scream — always. Sometimes by the thousands, costing you more in goodwill and circulation than whatever you hoped to gain from whatever canned feature you thought they'd like better. No, they want their comics, no matter how stupid or unfunny.
Ron Kaye of the Daily News is the latest editor to admit defeat:
To our readers:
I'm sorry we messed up your comics but grateful so many of you have let us know about it and told us what you want.
We're going to fix it as well as we can as fast as we can. "For Better or For Worse," "Funky Winkerbean" and "Mallard Fillmore" were at the top of your list, and we're going to get those back in the daily LA.COM section within a matter of days. We also are bringing back the horoscope you like and some other comics and features that are clearly very popular.
We literally received thousands of calls and e-mails and despite being upset with us, me in particular, nearly everybody has been patient and understanding. I've long believed we had the best readers in the world, and now I know it for sure.
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