Letters to the Editor: April

Readers reflect on stories in print and online.

Reporter, March
Editor’s note: Following publication, Providence Journal Executive Editor Alan Rosenberg responded via email to quotes in the story by Providence Newspaper Guild President John Hill:
1. “The features department is down to two people.” Untrue. There are, in fact, five people in this department: editors Gail Ciampa, Donna McGarry and Esther Gross; writer Andy Smith; and assistant Jan Flanagan.
2. “The investigative team is replaced by a contractor.” Untrue. Tom Mooney, who with the recently departed Jenn Bogdan kept the heat on the DCYF story all last year, continues on investigations, and other reporters take part in investigative stories as well. We plan to name a reporter to team with Tom as Jenn did once we’ve hired our new breaking-news reporters.
Alan Rosenberg, Executive Editor
Providence Journal

Reporter, February
“Gray Wave” by Ellen Liberman was most timely. Advocates are pushing to restore previously cut funds to support our community-based senior centers and local senior programs. The governor proposes $400,000 in additional funding for these local programs in her proposed budget. Now we must impress on legislators the value of these programs so that will keep these added dollars in the final budget they pass.
Maureen Maigret, Chair
Aging in Community Subcommittee of Long Term Care Coordinating Council

“Coffee Guide,” February
It never gets old — that feeling brought upon seeing in print the names of those I know and admire getting recognized for their tireless work! Great @rimonthly issue this month highlighting all the impeccable coffee shops RI has to offer, like this little gem @nookcoffeehouse where the owner’s passion for warmth and consistent quality runs as deeply as the fathoms of flavor in that Maple Sage.


Correction: In the March Reporter, we misidentified the location of the Providence Journal’s design center. It is in Austin, Texas.