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When I was a kid, we had the local paper delivered to our door seven days a week. When my husband and I bought our first house ten years ago, I immediately ordered home delivery of The Asbury Park Press, our local newspaper. (Incidentally, we made a joint decision not to have television hooked up in our new house, so we were counting on the paper to be our major news source.)
Initially, I was very good at keeping up with the paper–I would read it, clip the coupons, and then recycle it. But then life started getting in the way. I found with home ownership came more responsibility and less leisure time. My weekends were spent raking the millions of leaves that fell from our trees, planting flowers, or washing woodwork. The newspapers started piling up in a basket near the front door, their little plastic bags crinkling as I tossed yet another (unread) paper in the basket.
Guilt drove me to cut my delivery to weekends only. I saved a few dollars and still had the paper for coupons and the full-color comics–priorities, priorities! By this point, the internet was really heating up and many news outfits were reporting news online. I began reading all my news online and soon after canceled our subscription, relying solely on the internet for news–both global and local.
These days it’s rare that I read an ‘actual’ newspaper–usually only when we’re traveling–just to keep up on the rest of the globe. Clearly, I’m not in the minority, as evidenced by the closure of several large newspapers in America. I miss the feel of the newsprint and smell of the ink (I used to sniff mimeographs as a kid–I LOVE chemical aromas!), but it just isn’t feasible for me to get the paper delivered anymore.
So, how about you? Do you still have a paper delivered? What’s the name of YOUR local paper? Do you even read a newspaper or do you get your news from the internet or television?