Wrinkles for Oct. 4
To my dismay, I watch as newspapers shrink in size, have fewer pages, and even a few are closing their doors permanently. What a loss this will be for the people of America! My mom was an avid newspaper reader, thus encouraging me to read the entire paper, not just the comic section. In the past, most Southern cities always had two newspapers. While living in Anderson, I was fortunate to have two newspapers to read, The Anderson Independent for the morning and the Anderson Daily Mail for the afternoon. Living in Greenville, the morning paper was the Greenville News, the afternoon paper, the Greenville Piedmont. Moving to Augusta, we subscribed to the Augusta Herald, the morning newspaper with the Augusta Chronicle for the afternoon. And, if something unusual happened, the "paper boys" would be on the street hawking "Extra, Extra," and everyone ran to pick up a paper to read what the excitement was all about. After moving to North Augusta, when Mim and Sam started The Star, we also subscribed to the local weekly paper. Newspapers were not only the information for the community, at times it was also the protector of the people. If there were government officials who committed a crime or did anything to harm the community, names and investigations were published for everyone to read. Newspapers were the cohesive part of every community and have protected the interest of its citizens for generations. Having worked in the electronic media most of my life, I realize the importance of electronic news. However, the electronic media does have time limitations and cannot cover the news in depth as completely as the printed media, with the exception of special one-hour investigative programs. People who could not receive help from government sources have turned to the newspapers for help for many years. Many times, politicians who decided to cheat the citizens and became corrupt were brought to justice by investigations by newspapers. So let's train our young people how important a newspaper is to every community and also every nation and encourage them to read more to understand all aspects of every story - and not just listen to 30 seconds of fast talking.
The response to our quest for "whys" brought out the good and bad. A few from Harry Thompson include:
What's the difference between partly sunny and party cloudy?
If a product is "better than the leading brand," why isn't it the leading brand?
Others include -
Why do department stores put cosmetic counters in the busiest part of the store, when no customer wants people gawking at them while trying new cosmetics with a makeover?
Why do drivers wait until they are at a red light to turn on their blinkers?
Why are women jealous of other women?
Why do women not invite other women to be seated with them at events?
Why do clerks in stores think they are doing you a favor to wait on you?
Why do doctors overschedule appointments?
Send in your whys for future columns!
"There is a vast difference between putting your nose in other people's business and putting your heart in other people's problems."
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