To the Editor:

While I don’t disagree with the thrust of Michael M. Thomas’ piece [“The Miller Problem as Symptom: Institutional Rot at The Times,” The Midas Watch, Oct. 31], I would quibble a bit with his assertion that newspapering isn’t a good business any longer. To be sure, it isn’t great in the biggest cities, but out there in the hinterlands, where most of the newspapers live, the business flourishes like few others. Returns of 30 percent aren’t unusual, and where else would one find that kind of profit, other than the software industry? This isn’t to say that, over time, newspapering will become less attractive. Margins of, say, 15 percent aren’t too shabby, either. Just ask Gannett.

Bob Cochnar


Time to Be Selective

To the Editor:

Thanks (to all of you) for the Oct. 31 story about The New York Times’ internal upheavals [“Reporter Miller Is Spinning Fast From Times Orbit,” Anna Schneider-Mayerson, Tom Scocca and Gabriel Sherman, Off the Record]. Since that Gray Lady is apparently under the weather, I was pleased to hear about the goings-on.

And for this—“If the people won’t even pay to see a public fragging, what exactly are they going to pay for?”—I particularly thank you.

Is there anybody left over there with any sense of public relations? What a hideous time for The Times to attempt to soak their ever-dwindling readership. I’ve read their columnists—even the jerks among them—for my whole life, but I’m surely not gonna pay $50 a year to do so today.

Casey Kelley

Fairplay, Colo.

ACORN Responds

To the Editor:

A comment of mine on behalf of ACORN in Ben Smith’s Oct. 31 article, “Who’s Housed in Cuomo Coalition Besides 1199?”, misstates ACORN’s relationship to Building Stronger Communities.

ACORN is proud to work with former H.U.D. Secretary Andrew Cuomo and 1199/SEIU to advance the cause of affordable housing for low-income people. Our work together on this issue spans years, dating back to before Mr. Cuomo’s tenure at H.U.D., when he led the fight against homelessness in New York City with the founding of Help USA.

In February, ACORN was proud to work with 1199/SEIU to co-sponsor a historic rally for affordable housing for all New Yorkers, and ACORN was a proud co-sponsor of the Building Stronger Communities charter event on the West Side of Manhattan referred to in Mr. Smith’s article.

Dozens of ACORN members came to the event and took part in the Building Stronger Communities campaign to stop the Bush administration’s cuts to federal Section 8 housing assistance.

ACORN looks forward to continuing to work with Secretary Cuomo, Building Stronger Communities and 1199/SEIU in the fight to make safe, decent housing affordable for all New Yorkers.

Any statement of mine to the contrary was taken out of context and was in error.

Jonathan Rosen


I Can See Clearly Now

To the Editor:

Kudos to Chris Lehmann for weaving all the various strands of the Valerie Plame Wilson tapestry into a comprehensible and convincing pattern [“The White House’s Agency: That Tenet Doctrine Lingers!”, Oct. 31].

In one relatively brief, but remarkably lucid, article, Mr. Lehmann has done a better job of explaining and putting into perspective all the various storylines than The Times has in reams of meandering articles.

Well done!

Peter Stamelman

Manhattan Letters