No, I don't really believe in online petitions, either. But they don't hurt anybody, so what's the problem?

Former Times-Picayune reporter Rebecca Theim has joined up with Anne Milling's newly formed group — with the self-explanatory name Save the Picayune — and put up a petition at change.org. The petition has 88 "signatures" as of this writing. Here's the accompanying statement, in part:

Few believe a three-day-a-week newspaper, significantly reduced staff and a mediocre website is an acceptable alternative to today's Times-Picayune.

Please voice your displeasure with this decision by joining with employees, New Orleans residents, community activists, newspaper lovers and anyone who values the role a great newspaper plays in a free society by signing this petition to implore the Newhouses to maintain the publishing frequency and proud legacy of The Times-Picayune.

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