Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Readers Have the Questions; Answer Man Has the Answers

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Readers Have the Questions; Answer Man Has the Answers

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Byline: Mike Clark, Times-Union Reader Advocate

It's time for another visit from the readers' answer man.

Dear reader advocate: I just wanted to say how disappointed I am with your Web site. Jacksonville is a military city with two bases here. Why is there not a military section on this site or in the newspaper? It would probably help a lot of Navy wives feel a little bit of comfort if they could track where their loved ones are when they are on a six-month deployment. Why don't you take a lesson from the newspaper in Norfolk, Va. (www.pilotonline.com). -- C.R.

Dear C.R.: That's a good suggestion, which I have shared with the editors of our newspaper and our award-winning Web site. The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk includes military news, a ship finder, message boards, special reports, links to military Web sites, military events and other related information. The San Diego Union-Tribune also has a useful military section of its Web site (www.uniontrib.com/news/military/index.html).

Dear reader advocate: This is the third time in recent memory that Doonesbury's creator has "taken time off," yet he is still working for the Tallahassee Democrat. It's curiouser and curiouser. -- J.M.

Dear J.M.: When Garry Trudeau takes a vacation, he submits reruns. Some newspapers continue to run Doonesbury, especially if it is run on the comics pages. In the case of the Times-Union, editors decided not to use reruns, since this gives additional space for opinion columns. When Trudeau resumes original strips, they are used. Other comic strip artists provide enough original strips during a vacation.

Dear reader advocate: We're moving. My husband is throwing out editorial pages, including cartoons for many years that he saved. How far back can you access the editorial pages on the Internet? -- J.J..

Dear J. …

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