What they're saying
"It's difficult to imagine Massachusetts without the Globe and I'm not going to even try. The history of the Globe is punctuated by courageous investigative journalism, and a soul and conscience that helped propel and sustain the causes of civil rights and peace during tumultuous years in our city."
SENATOR JOHN F. KERRY, who will chair a Commerce subcommittee hearing on newspaper industry problems April 30
"I certainly recognize that newspapers across the country are struggling, but hopefully there's still time for things to be worked out and for the Globe to play the role it historically has."
LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR TIMOTHY P. MURRAY
"If The Boston Globe were to close, not only would it be a significant loss to the community, but also it would mean more people out of work in this tough economy, and that's the last thing we need."
STATE TREASURER TIMOTHY P. CAHILL
"It's unthinkable. The Globe is the center of the whole communications structure in the city."
ANNE HAWLEY, director of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
"There would be a missing piece of my day without the Globe."
WYC GROUSBECK, CEO of the Boston Celtics
"I think that the paper is significant because it makes sure that the Greater Boston area has at least two major newspaper outlets, and that's extremely important because if you only have one newspaper outlet, then what's printed becomes much more controlled."
THE REV. HURMON HAMILTON, president of the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization
"It forced me to go to the computer, and now everything's online, so I don't pick it up anymore."
CHRISTINE PRATT-PURVIS, a 44-year-old cosmetologist who stopped buying the paper after she lost her job because it felt like an extravagance