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Old 03-13-2015, 08:32 AM
Location: Florida -
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I subscribed to USA Today about 2-years ago, but, insisted on hard-copy daily delivery, which they didn't have at the time (thus, I wound-up getting the mailed version the next day). So, I started to read the online copy. It didn't take long for me to cancel the printed copy altogether and switch to online (at about half the price). Even 'old dogs' can learn new tricks.
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Old 03-13-2015, 08:34 AM
Location: Sarasota, FL
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Originally Posted by Scooby Snacks View Post
. . . the cost to subscribe is ridiculous. Reading it online doesn't cost anything, nor does watching the news on TV, so it's not worth it.
Yup -- costs too much just to have the news on paper -- how long does it stay current? Also, if I try to buy a paper from a machine, I have to have a lot of change that I never carry. If I liked crosswords, I'd buy a crossword book.
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Old 03-13-2015, 08:41 AM
Location: Sacramento
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We switched from getting a daily newspaper delivered to reading online when we got our iPads a couple of years ago. The newspapers were getting smaller and smaller anyway, with hardly any content.
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Old 03-13-2015, 08:46 AM
Location: Ormond Beach Fl
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I like a paper version of a newspaper, but only get it Thurs - Sunday. We get the local paper, but read others online to include hometown news in WNY, NY Times, Wash post -- we dislike the TV yelling and sensationalizing the 'news' to us in the morning before work....
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Old 03-13-2015, 08:47 AM
Location: Huntsville, AL
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The smell of fresh print is something that's been lost in todays modern world.
There was a time when everybody got a daily paper - and every page was read, ending with the need to wash your ink stained hands.

After it was read, it was used to line the bird cage.
Some would use it to cover wrapped foods to put in the fridge.
That fridge would need to be defrosted as frost free was something only known to Floridians.

Quoting the famous Bob Dylan.... oh the times, they are a change..... ing...
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Old 03-13-2015, 08:50 AM
Location: WA
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We get the local paper. Want to stay up with local issues and all are not online... plus it is a morning habit for many decades.
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Old 03-13-2015, 08:54 AM
Location: Charleston, SC
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I also get the paper delivered each morning. I like reading the local news, and I don't look at news on phones , just sometimes online. There is always more information in the paper than online. Your not old fashioned, it is a good idea to get the newspaper delivered at any age.
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Old 03-13-2015, 08:57 AM
Location: Anchored in Phoenix
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I feel guilty about not doing it since I'm mostly on internet these days (like now).

But I'm a boomer. Even as a kid I remember I was a voracious newspaper reader. It was the Sunday comics when I was a kid of course. But as a teen it was all the sections. I even was into journalism in high school and tested out majoring in journalism in college - but mathematics is my big skill.

I stopped getting regular delivery when I started consulting in 2000 because I travel too much. Have a residence in Arizona and work in California.

But yes I remember I loved the Los Angeles Herald Examiner more than the L.A. Times because the comics were better. I regularly would read the San Francisco Examiner and L.A. Times.

It was great to wake up on a Sunday morning to big rolled up newspapers on the front driveway and then read the papers with my parents and siblings. We were all voracious newspaper readers.

Funny - after getting done reading all the papers it was almost always time for lunch! And then you feel guilty about not being out and around the neighborhood for an hour or so early in the morning when the temperature is cool - because you were indoors reading papers!
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Old 03-13-2015, 09:19 AM
Location: SoCal
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I haven't bought a paper newspaper for decades. But it's mostly down to two facts. The San Diego Union-Tribune, even when I moved here in the 80's, was the most provincial, narrow-minded daily newspaper I'd ever seen. I did read it then, but some years later their salespeople p*ssed me off royally. I've only ever bought a couple of paper newspapers since then, and it was when I was traveling to a city which *had* a real daily newspaper worth reading.
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Old 03-13-2015, 09:23 AM
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Originally Posted by Escort Rider View Post
I still get the Los Angeles Times delivered, which marks me as old-fashioned I suppose, but I really like it. One facet of that is the movie listings. With the paper I can check the different places a movie is playing and get the schedules just by turning a few pages in the section of the paper where the movie ads are. But if I go online to do the same thing, it involves going from website to website of the various movie chains (or website to website of different movies), which I find more inconvenient and more of a hassle.

But I am on the losing end of things and the handwriting is on the wall; within the last couple of years two major Los Angeles cinema chains have stopped their listings in the paper, I would assume on the grounds of saving money. I would also assume their reasoning is that fewer and fewer people get a print newspaper these days, and they are certainly correct about that.
I remember as a kid we got the LA Times in the morning and the LA Herald Examiner in the afternoon.

Back then the Helms Bakeryman came by every Wednesday and I think the Alta Dena Milkman also.
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