Pickles by Brian Crane for May 05, 2021

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    allen@home  over 2 years ago

    I know newspapers are declining. But as much that Nelson hangs around Earl and Opal. I can’t believe he doesn’t know what a newspaper is.

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    pearlsbs  over 2 years ago

    Could be the wind. Before I canceled my subscription our newspaper got so thin that the wind would blow it across the street or sometimes a couple of houses down the block.

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    stairsteppublishing  over 2 years ago

    Covid-19 was rough on newspapers across the country losing 20% of papers in the previous 15 years. Numbers vary as to how many, but the estimate is that 2,000 papers shut their doors permanently. Our local paper added digital before COVID-19. It was forced to no longer publish the print paper on Monday, and now combines Saturday and Sunday – for online subscribers only.

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    monkeysky  over 2 years ago

    “It’s a bunch of comic strips delivered daily or weekly, wrapped in pieces of paper for safety.”

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    Templo S.U.D.  over 2 years ago

    good question, Nelson

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    stairsteppublishing  over 2 years ago

    I still prefer holding a newspaper or book to read rather than online. It is so much eaiser to find the article that you were not able to finish, or double check the information in an article, the movie schedule or send a copy of an article or Junior’s picture to family members. You can’t copy online information. Very frustrating.

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    Concretionist  over 2 years ago

    We used to subscribe to the local paper and the “nearby city” paper. Together, they cost about $15 or so per month, less if you paid up in advance for several months. Now, the “big city paper” has actually shrunk the size of the pages, as well as dropping from 30 or 40 pages to 5 to 10. And the local paper now has NO reporters (nothing but stringers) and NO editor (well, someone who writes an editorial and chooses which political cartoon to print, and … maybe … decides which “letter to the editor” to publish. The stringers write their stories. They spell check them. They verify the facts as much as anybody does. They even put them into the paper themselves, what with layout software.

    We no longer pay for the “big” paper at all. It’s become completely worthless: Doesn’t cover regional news issues. Spouse still buys the online version of the local one, but I don’t bother to read it. Heck even the ads aren’t worth much: We get online specials. And you can’t even line the bird-cage.

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    GROG Premium Member over 2 years ago

    Or you might find it on your roof or through a window.

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    Doug K  over 2 years ago

    Time for SHOW and Tell.

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    iggyman  over 2 years ago

    I was a paper boy in the 1960s, I don’t think they have them any more. Mine is delivered by a person in a car.

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    iggyman  over 2 years ago

    We have 2 newspapers here, one comes daily, the other only 4 times a week!

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    TStyle78  over 2 years ago

    I suck at the game “Paperboy.” I rarely got it in the box or on the porch. It usually ended up in all sorts of other places instead.

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    backyardcowboy  over 2 years ago

    It’s where Earl looks every day to make sure he didn’t make the Obituaries.

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    Darryl Heine  over 2 years ago

    A newspaper is what you read…’nuff said!

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    jagedlo  over 2 years ago

    I read a story in Reader’s Digest about someone who had that problem until they found out that the paperboy wanted to be a basketball player. So they rigged up a way for the kid to practice his shooting and they would get the paper exactly where they wanted it.

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    sandpiper  over 2 years ago

    Decades ago I was a display ad rep for a mid-major newspaper that ran two issues a day. Read it every day for years after. In the 1960’s, they actually undertook to publish and home deliver the full college catalogue for a now major university. The first ever done east of the Mississippi. Eventually the two papers eventually became one and the company was sold a to larger investment firm, whose business was money and not news. Within a year or two certain functions, including the call-in billing department, were moved to another state, so local delivery and printing problems worsened. We dropped the paper years ago and tried the digital version but it just did not have the quality and depth or the feel of the original. Yeah, change in our lives is continuous, but we don’t have to like it.

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    Grace Premium Member over 2 years ago

    It’s what we used to use on Sunday with our Silly Putty to have fun with the printed comics before they changed the ink….

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    Breadboard  over 2 years ago

    Still get a newspaper. After reading it gets used for so many different things ! Hard to do Lasagna (Layers) gardening without it ;-)

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    duckman26  over 2 years ago

    This reminds me of that aggravating “What’s a computer?” kid from a commercial a few years ago. Some kid was on working on her laptop-looking thing outside and a neighbor said, “Nice computer” and she pretended she had no idea what a computer was. I think half the internet wanted to slap her at the time.

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    More Coffee Please!  over 2 years ago

    Unfortunately all too true…

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    NeedaChuckle Premium Member over 2 years ago

    I do the online version, cheaper and I don’t have to worry about recycling.

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    monya_43  over 2 years ago

    I get my news from five different online sources. That way I get all the slants and biases so I can make up my own mind. Some of the sources are really aggravating. Too bad that some people believe and agree with them.

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    bzj Premium Member over 2 years ago
    Unknowingly, Nelson has been picking up the paper and playing with it before abandoning it somewhere.
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    Jeffin Premium Member over 2 years ago

    But he knows everything about dinosaurs.

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    Serial Pedant  over 2 years ago

    It’s what we used to put in the bottom of the bird cage…Bird cage?

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    Zebrastripes  over 2 years ago

    I’m not surprised….kids and some people don’t even know who the President is….they’re too busy with video games and cell phones. Blame the parents……oh wait…they’re doing the same thing….=~{

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    prrdh  over 2 years ago

    It’s that thing covering Grampa’s face when he’s napping.

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    kv450  over 2 years ago

    (sigh) I’m so old that I remember when all newspapers were delivered by kids on bicycles. These days, it’s a middle-aged guy/gal driving a car to serve the large area they need to cover in order to eke out a living.

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    mistercatworks  over 2 years ago

    I gave up on printed newspapers. It didn’t seem right that so many trees had to die to bring me … all those ads.

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    MuddyUSA  Premium Member over 2 years ago

    Re: Earl’s grandson question. The current generation has missed so much!

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    ms-ss  over 2 years ago

    Monday morning I saw the newspaper guy turn around at the first house on the street. I guess that means they are the last house in 10 that still pay for a paper.

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    christelisbetty  over 2 years ago

    All of the above.Like Earl, I not only could no longer find my paper, AND I no longer could go out and play, hide and go seek in the rain and snow after a major medical issue. I knew a couple of people who delivered papers for the extra cash, then cuts at the newspapers went right to them(paying LESS per paper, so they quit. A rough count had 3/4ths of the paper as ADS. In the end, I was only getting it on Sunday, for the comics and crossword puzzles. (I found some comics online)

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    Watchdog  over 2 years ago

    The larger point is that there are no more newspapers or news as intended in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. Instead we have political, psychosomatic, and we are victims platforms most suitable for cat litter boxes.

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    Cozmik Cowboy  over 2 years ago

    We. alas, no longer have paperboys (or girls); now they use otherwise-unemployable adults with beater cars. You get much better service from a teenager on a bike.

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    royclark  over 2 years ago

    my kid didnt know how to use a rotary phone when I handed him one to call his buddy.

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    zeexenon  over 2 years ago

    Well, it used to be a source some legitimate facts, except for the advertisements and editorials, of course. For example there was nothing biased about William T. Evjue of the Madison Wisconsin Capitol Times.

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    anomaly  over 2 years ago

    If he’s old enough to drive a car, you probably shouldn’t call him a boy.

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    Linguist  over 2 years ago

    ¡Feliz Cumpleaños, *Manchester Guardian! Congratulations on 200 years of chasing the truth!

    " Comment is free… but facts are sacred"

    CP Scott, 1921 Guardian editor

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    Malcome1  over 2 years ago

    What’s a paper boy? They went extinct decades ago. Long before the decline in printed papers. Adults with cars able handle larger routes took over and was.preferred by the distributors.

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    Lightpainter Premium Member over 2 years ago

    Every single person on this whole site uses better grammar and spelling than our paper does. Our paper would almost exclusively just run local crime stories on the front page- trying to use fear to get us to support more money for the cops.They also are incapable of not delivering a paper when you are on vacation- a blatant invitation for burglars. Even after I cancelled my printed version, they STILL deliver printed papers sometimes . I had to call them and tell them to stop doing that.

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    rick1956  over 2 years ago

    Without the newspaper as one of its enticing tricks, hardly anyone would have ever bought Silly Putty…

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    kab2rb  over 2 years ago

    For us we stopped the newspaper over 10 years ago.

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    Cactus-Pete  over 2 years ago

    Apparently that last paper hit the kid in the head so that he forgot that he’s seen his grandfather reading the newspaper hundreds of times.

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    The Orange Mailman  over 2 years ago

    I want my two dollars!

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    sbwagner  over 2 years ago

    Paperboy in the early 80’s. As long as the roads were clear, I rode my 10 speed bike. In the winter, I had a ski mask on with my walkman over it.

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    Olddog04  over 2 years ago

    He knows. This is lame.

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    Natarose  over 2 years ago

    come on Nelson, you aren’t that young.

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    Back to Big Mike  over 2 years ago

    I do miss the Grand Rapids Press and the Detroit Free Press. They are both still around, but the paperboy part isn’t. I get them when I go out, but not so much anymore.

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    w16521  over 2 years ago

    Nelson just made his grandparents feel older then they already are.

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    pbr50138  over 2 years ago

    Newspapers are getting to be a dinosaur. It’s too bad junk mail is going that way too.

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