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Don't Rush Me


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Newspapers and me: some like, others not



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April 13, 2011 - Over the past few weeks, I have tried to challenge readers about their roles in the community and this newspapers role in their lives. So, now it's time to start letting you know what your neighbors are saying.

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Don,

Here's my uncensored, sensibilities-be-damned take on the whole thing: News consumers†(readers, TV viewers, radio listeners) have become lazy when it comes to getting the news. I find many young people (my own kids included) really don't care about current events unless they have do research for a term paper, or if there is a direct, social, financial impact to them personally.

"If it's on the Internet, it must be true" is a response I often hear from many people. It appears serious journalistic research is now DOA.

When there is an international incident (i.e. Libya missile strikes), the mass market here in the U.S. ("all about me") can†can only concern themselves about the prices they pay at the gas pump. We live in a very self-centered, self-absorbed world these days, and the mainstream media only plays to it by focusing on pop culture and celebrity gossip.

†Remember what Eleanor Roosevelt said: "Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events, and small minds discuss people."

The mainstream media is clearly going after the "small minds."††Today, it is sad to note that we have national broadcast news directors and newspaper editors -- people supposedly in power -- who are more concerned about the recent buzz about Charlie Sheen and Brittany Spears than our national economy and our relationships in the Mideast. This is not the journalism I learned and have practiced.†This makes me sick. -- J.L.

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Don,

In answer to your column from last week, I just READ your newspaper. I like to read what I guess these days is referred to as hard copies.† I do not have a Kindle.† I still use a Webster Dictionary and a Roget's Thesaurus.†I do not use spell check. I love the smell of a new book.†I have recently read two fabulous books,† "The Help" and "Same Kind of Different As Me."

I write letters and thank you notes. I think it is sad that the written word is being lost in our society.†I attended a lecture by the author David McCullough and was inspired to hear that he still uses a manual typewriter. So, no, I do not support getting rid of newspapers, etc. and I will continue to READ our community newspaper. P.R.

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Don,

Interesting and how true.

I would hate to see newspapers disappear. Currently receive two others as well as yours. Interesting to see the delivery of the two others; in both cases the delivery person uses our drive to deliver and turn around. In one case, two newspapers are delivered close by and in the other (three days a week) no stops are made locally.

People ask me how I know so much -- well, I read a lot in newspapers besides other printed media and some select web sites. I do not have Twitter, tweet accounts. Do not have the time or interest.

Most people will say they do not get the newspaper due to: cost, not enough time, get "news" from internet, "run in" with reporter, etc. I am getting tired of providing copies of the pages of your newspaper to people so they get a story straight! I am surprised at people on community government positions that do not get the local newspaper. -- J.M.

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Rush,

. . .It will be nice to have a news group that actually reports the news rather than hearing a (I don't know what to call you) person beg for community support. Let us not forget your laughable "Don't Rush Me . . . The Show." Course one only needs to remember you have changed Orion people once a year for the last three years? Certainly a normal manage would be ashamed of this point . . .well, Rush, enjoy your throne for now til AOL gets here. Hey maybe you can apply for a job . . .

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Well, can't please all the people all the time and some I never will! Thanks for reading and writing. -- Don

Don is Assistant Publisher for Sherman Publications, Inc. He has worked for the company since 1985. He has won numerous awards for column, editorial and feature writing as well as for photography. He has two, sons Shamus and Sean and resides in the area. To read archived copies of his columns, click on his name, just under his picture up top . . . He can be e-mailed at: don@dontrushmedon.com
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