Last week I got the newest issue of the Skirmish Line. I picked it up, flipped through it, and threw it on a pile of old magazines. There just didn’t seem to be anything good to read in it.
What has happened to my favorite magazine? I used to look forward to it arriving. It used to have interesting articles and great stuff to look at and read about. Then I used to pick it up later and read it again.
Now it’s just boring, and I have a list of complaints:
- Why does my Skirmish Line arrive four to five months after the scheduled arrival date? I just got my April-May-June issue on August 13th.
- Why does the editor seem to insult the people who are complaining in the “Letters to the Editor” section? Yes, he screwed up, he is the editor and should know all the rules that pertain to running the Skirmish Line. Even I know about the rule in question, I read about it in a previous issue! It’s probably forgivable mistake, but I didn’t really feel like he apologized for screwing up.
- Where are the “Shooters Profile” Articles? I haven’t seen one in about three or four issues. They were the best articles in the magazine!
- Now that we’ve moved to a quarterly publishing schedule, must we fill half of the issues with results from a previous National? There’s hardly any room for historical or shooting articles. (Yes, I know this issue isn’t the editors fault, but the Board of Directors should make some kind of adjustment to correct this)
I’m not sure I’d call the current issue of the Skirmish Line terrible, but it’s pretty poor considering. Some people may not like to hear this, but I think Rick Dunbrook used to do a fantastic job as editor. I don’t understand why the Board of Directors let him go.