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A fourth use for newspapers

Posted: November 17, 2008 8:22 p.m.
Updated: November 18, 2008 4:30 a.m.

I am an old guy 75 - soon to be 76. I have found that I can change!

When I was a kid in L.A. (yes, I'm a native) in the pre-Sam Yorty years we used to separate the garbage (i.e. veggies and organics) from the trash.

There was a special way of lining the small galvanized garbage can with newspaper. This was my job. My parents taught me to line the bottom of our canary cage with newspaper. This was my job. Later on I sold the Herald on the street corner or delivered the Daily News to people's homes in the afternoon.

More recently I used the Auto ad page to protect the tablecloth from my mess while eating. I was very certain that newspapers were good for at least four things: lining garbage cans, lining birdcages, providing a source of income for youngsters and protecting the tablecloth.

Alas! Separate garbage cans are gone, birdcages are scarce, and now days adults home-deliver newspapers.

This last year my wife introduced me to The Signal. It is wonderful! The 2 Minute Signal, local news that I care about, articles written by people who actually live in my town, unbiased political reporting, local sports of all kinds, attention to worthwhile community events, small size. (Save the trees)

I love The Signal. I have finally found a fourth use for a newspaper: reading.

I still use the Daily News to protect the tablecloth.


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