Why would anyone buy a newspaper when they can get more and better (i.e., timely, salient and broader) information on the Web? [A day to invest in the gray, Web extra, Feb. 2] News from the BBC, le Monde, the New York Times and many, many more papers is essentially free on the web – to say nothing of other forms of media, e.g., MSNBC and NPR.

An additional benefit of getting information over the internet is that it comes at a lesser cost to the environment: No trees are cut and processed, and infinitely less fuel is used to distribute Web-based news.

Heck, even the Wednesday Journal is available on the Web. I applaud Wednesday Journal for being at the forefront by being so Web- and enviro-friendly.

Geoff Baker
Oak Park

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