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Old 01-20-2006, 04:16 AM   #16
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I read the local and int'l news, but my favourite in any newspaper are the LETTERS TO THE EDITOR because I'm curious about who gives a damn about anything.

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Old 01-20-2006, 04:22 AM   #17
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I read the local and int'l news, but my favourite in any newspaper are the LETTERS TO THE EDITOR because I'm curious about who gives a damn about anything.

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And those can be incredibly funny (and sometimes pretty frightening) in small town newspapers. Sometimes I'm absolutely astonished.
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Old 01-20-2006, 04:32 AM   #18
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Forgot those.
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Ah yes, letters to the editor. Editors like to act high and principled, but really they love the crazies. It keeps the page full.
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op/eds, letters to the editor, living/arts section, sports
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Op-Eds.

on the weekends, the Arts section of the NYT as well as the Week In Review.

though i don't read newspapers on a daily basis. i'm all about the websites.
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A political scientist's morning newspaper routine is pretty much akin to the pathetic spectacle of some absurdly over-medicated senior citizen dutifully downing his daily 50 from one of those calendar grid pillboxes. First the mandatory New York Times and Wall Street Journal enema, followed up by a refreshing chaser of Slate or the like if you're the younger, hipper type. Then a brief sortie into one of the major academic "world roundup" databases such as World News Connection or the like. Next, a sweet little speedball of regional interest headlines from whatever your area of specialization is, which for me would mean the Times of India, the Calcutta Telegraph, the Deccan Herald, the cybersavvy Indian Express, maybe the Muslim Milli Gazette, and at last the one I really look forward to, the Chennai Hindu. Then onto a brief but bracing encounter with the Pakistani dailies Dawn and News. Maybe a peek at the Bangladeshi, Sri Lankan or Nepali papers if something really big is happening there. Then finally, flapping my arms and gasping for air, a parting shot of our lovely university paper, so I'll be sure to know about the latest irrelevant fracas between our chancellor and the faculty senate leadership, and which frat parties got busted over the weekend.

And to get me nice and sedated before bedtime, I do skim the metro sections of our local paper--though I'm usually also reading FYM at the same time, so who knows which content gets the upper hand.

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I head straight for the important section of the paper. The comics, damn it!


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I always look for the front page when I read the Birmingham News. I also like the Lifestyle section.
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And those can be incredibly funny (and sometimes pretty frightening) in small town newspapers. Sometimes I'm absolutely astonished.
Our paper is so crappy, once I wrote a pretty lengthy one....and they called and said they were going to feature it in the Saturday edition and needed to take my picture When THEY are featuring MY writing, you know it's got to be a slow news week!
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Our paper is so crappy, once I wrote a pretty lengthy one....and they called and said they were going to feature it in the Saturday edition and needed to take my picture When THEY are featuring MY writing, you know it's got to be a slow news week!


My oldest brother used to write absolutely hysterical fake letters to the Itta Bena paper using various pseudonyms and pretending to be some crotchity old guy ranting about today's worthless youth, or some genteel Southern lady proposing absurdly high-minded public campaigns that would never get off the ground, or some kind of Flannery O'Connoresque eccentric whining about how his freaky pastimes were being disrupted by some alleged new public nuisance or whatever. They printed them all.

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The editorial page and letters that people respond to. My favorite paper is USA Today and the Pittsburgh Paper. Our local paper sucks.
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International affairs and op-eds in the Australian. New Scientist cover to cover. Check out about a dozen blogs every day and read full article that seem interesting or relevent.
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