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Dear New York Times,

Can't you support your online version by the sale of advertising? Isn't that how it's supposed to work?

It's bad enough that the quality of your writing and editing declined right around the time that you decided to be quasi-complicit in the United States invasion of Iraq in 2003 — although I do recognize that the industry as a whole began to decline at about that time.

I used to love the New York Times. I used to be able to recognize a NYT article when reprinted in other publications, so distinctive was the integrity of journalistic style.

And now what?

Now you're asking me to pay for any beyond twenty articles, which for one thing compells me to read any article that I examine with great perspicacity, because I'll not likely be able to go back and see it again.

And I have to look at your advertisements.

I know you have to do business. I'm just telling you how I feel.