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The only game in town?

    In response to the August 9 Perspectives column by Charles Cooper, "The end of free? Please, let it be":

    The Net was once a labor of love where people contributed information on their specific interests and skills and, in return, information was made available to them. This was a wonderful concept that produced an abundance of "win-win" situations.

    However, that's hardly been the case since Netizens successfully "mail-bombed" the first chiropractor (as I recall) who attempted to spam the Net in search of bones, circa 1993-94. The bubble inflated and burst, covering all of us with the greed that now seriously threatens the foundations of our economic system and the world economy.

    The silver lining in all of this manifests itself in the abundance of prime content that survived and actually serves a variety of compelling needs--a far cry from the likes of Kozmo.com

    I've had no problem with the concept of paying for quality information as far back as 1995, the beginning of "free." Taking the long view vs. the usual 90 days, isn't it really the only game in town?

    Dennis Jugan
    Johnstown, Pa.