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November Letters To and From the Editor

Goodbyes aren’t easy, but sometimes they’re necessary.

By now, it’s no great secret that the journalism industry is in trouble. It has been for the better part of the last 15 years. Newspapers are closing across the country, and the magazine publishing business – traditionally with higher printing overhead (glossy paper is considerably more expensive than newsprint) – is hardly immune from the trend.

And neither are we. This is the final issue of Henrico Monthly. It’s been three years since we first started publishing, mailing nearly 50,000 copies to households across the county. Each month, we’ve done our best to bring you a balanced newsmagazine with the right mix of news features, community information, informational pieces and stories.

Journalism is a fickle business. Sometimes the best stories and most important work don’t translate to the bottom line. We’ve tried to be informative and thought-provoking, but also interesting and entertaining, to varying degrees of success.

But we simply couldn’t bring in enough revenue to keep the magazine afloat. Local News LLC, our parent company, has been in the newspaper business – publishing the weekly Chesterfield Observer – since 1995. The Observer has been financially successful for many years. Our foray into the magazine business, however, has been a struggle. The advertising revenue just didn’t keep pace.

It’s not a fun thing to toss in the towel, but we felt it was necessary to move forward as a company. We are thankful – to the advertisers, sales representatives, graphic designers, freelance writers, photographers, editors and others who’ve worked hard to bring you a magazine worthy of your time. We also want to thank you – the readers. It’s been a pleasure to serve you.

Scott Bass, Editor

Editor drinks Obama’s Kool-Aid

Your editor’s note in last month’s magazine started off on a very positive story regarding Mr. Amin and his contribution to our area and country as a whole, but then you made a sharp left turn in your political ideology.

First of all I take offense to your reference to retirees being dependent on government entitlement programs. They and their former employers paid into the Social Security retirement fund. No government money was contributed to the fund. Then they commingled the fund into a general fund to use for anything they deemed necessary. The government chose to make it a Ponzi scheme that made Bernie Madoff look like an amateur.

Most of the undocumented immigrants contribute nothing to our economy but cost us in social programs, welfare, medical costs – and cost our school systems countrywide. If you actually speak to them, they will tell you that they send probably half of what they earn here back to their country of origin. This country is composed of immigrants, but they need to come here legally and obey our laws, speak our language and assimilate into our society. We don’t need ghettos of different nationalities in our cities and towns around the United States. We still have laws in this country even if some of those in power choose to ignore them in order to further their agenda. Your views seem to encourage the breaking of these laws because, as you say, we need younger people to come into the workforce. Why not let them immigrate legally? It will accomplish your goal.

The H-1B visa program allows up to 65,000 immigrants in special fields to come to this country legally each year, and they can stay for three years and possibly another three years. This program has caused some citizens to lose jobs because they can hire these candidates at an entry-level salary for that specific job. This is a widespread problem in the computer-related industry. Talk to some former employees of HP, Microsoft, Facebook and Apple.

My personal opinion is that you have been drinking too much of Obama’s Kool-Aid, and your editorial opinions hold absolutely no merit.

Harold T. Landis