This comes by way of a friend who works at a Florida paper.
Let’s not forget that as much as we think newspapers and news organizations need to change, we as journalists live in a bubble. It’s wrong to assume everyone of our readers is like us. Readers don’t tend to get pissed off about laying off the copy desk or taking away an inch or two of width.
What they will send letters that could get them arrested about is removal of particular comic strips, changing crossword-puzzle syndicates or changing of the TV guide.