MilwFoodlovers – you are so right, doesn’t get any better. For years I had an hour’s commute to work, would drink a cup of tea while getting dressed, pick up coffee to go at a convenience store, and a paper only certain days of the week, etc. Now I live close to a bakery that makes French pastries, including a variety of filled croissants which I’m sampling my way through, and can read the paper cover to cover –
Even web-based local papers are in trouble. AOL/Huffington Post goes into towns, sets up a local website called “The Patch”, hires some local out of work journalist for like $35K per year, gives them a budget for stringers and vacation substitution, waits until the local media is out of business, then takes away the budget, hoping that the stringers will be willing to work for free by pretending that it’s something called “hyper-local” rather than a multi-billion dollar operation.
BelleReve, whenever I visit NOLA, I have a Times Picayune outside my room door.
Some nice strong coffee, some fresh OJ and perhaps a Croissant D’Or out in the courtyard to go with the paper for a nice start to the day.
How can that be substituted?
Yes, our only local paper, the Times Picayune will cut back in the Fall, to 3 times a week, Wed-Fri-Sun.
One of the joys of retirement is reading the morning paper with that first cup of coffee.
Sad news this. I feel like a dinosaur. locally the biggest movie theater chain stopped running movie times in the paper as im sure most of their audience now finds out movie times via smart phone. Don’tlike what i think the future will bring.
I like what Warren Buffet said the other day about his recent purchase of 60 some smaller daily and weekly papers.
Paraphrasing. “There are several places you can read about what’s happening in Afghanistan but your local paper is where you read about what’s going on in your town”
ken8038, I’ll probably do the same as you as the NYT still has the in depth articles I can no longer find in my local Milwaukee Sentinel. I do need local shopping info, coupons and local event news that an out of town paper can’t give me. I’ve pretty much read newspapers cover to cover from at least age 10 on and delivered them when I was a kid. My emotional attachment just won’t be satisfied on line. [:(]
I’ve been reading the NY Times online for probably 10 years. Saves paper, my hands stay clean, costs less (about $15 per month since they started charging about a year ago), and it’s always there when I’m ready (no “the truck broke down” delivery problems). I’m totally OK with it.
One thing, I use my laptop for my online newspaper reading rather than a smartphone. No squinting necessary.
I mentioned in my post above that we got our bill for six months subscription. My bride still likes to read the paper which we only get on Wed & Sun so she called the paper and complained about the price. They cut the price in half!
They will do anything to keep subscribers because their audited circulation numbers are what determines their ad rates and ads pay the bills.
Call your paper and tell them you’re thinking about canceling and I’ll bet you get a lower rate or some free months!
Where I’m at, the paper is printed once a week, on Wednesday.
Same here, on Wednesdays. Good local coverage and H.S. sports scores mostly. The biggest section is the opinions pages, go figure.
If you think the Vanishing Newspapers are causing you heartburn, here’s a list of other things going the way of the DoDo Bird.
Sooner rather than later i.e. “Almost Gone List”:
Bank Deposit Slips
Incandescent Light Bulbs
Within the next 50 years or sooner:
CD’s, DVD’s, Video Game Discs, and their players
Gasoline Pumps – (Can you say Batteries & Hydrogen)
Toilet Paper -(Replaced by Toilet Seat Bidets)
Printed Road Maps
Language Barriers, (Replaced by Portable Translation Software)
Money – Bills & Coins. (By 2020 only 10% of all transactions will be in cash.)
Passwords- (Replaced by facial recognition.)
Steering Wheels -(Replaced by robotic cars)
Cursive Handwriting (4 States have already dropped it in Schools)
AARP Bulletin June 2012 Edition
I stopped subscribing to a newspaper many years ago. New was fresher and FREE online. Now I see where NYT has been charging and I bet a few more are or soon will be.
I learned to read and count at age 3-4 using a paper and my Mom. My kids did as well.
I really love my iPad but haven’t started using it for publications. I do think that will soon change though.
This is a sad, sad trend. To me one of lifes pleasures is snapping that paper open in the morning.
My primary cure, and the reason I stopped reading our local paper in about 1992, is to learn proper grammar, spelling and punctuation. When I cancelled my subscription less than a year after starting it, they asked why. I told them I cannot make myself sit down and read a newspaper I have to correct with a red pen.
Based on their online news, the problem still exists. I also notice it in local papers from other cities, so apparently it’s more widespread than just here. Only the national papers tend to have passed that part of their English education.
Some cures for papers. Make the type twice as large, drop the comics, have clever obit writers, balance the opinion, equal weight to the left, right, and middle. National and international oddball stories, folks love them!
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