Is there a newspaper you can't do without? Rate your suburban newspapers. Some have been around for a while, including the Rossford Record, Sylvania Herald, Maumee Mirror, Village Voice of Ottawa Hills, Perrysburg Messenger Journal, Sentinel Journal in Bowling Green, The Metro and Suburban Press in the Oregon area, Springfield Journal, just to name a few. My small town paper, The Mirror, is pretty good. Informative as far as politics and entertainment.
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Not to besmirch any newspapers, but I find my newspaper reading to be almost extinct. We still get the Blade every day, but I rarely read it, since the "news" they offer is already 12 to 18 hours old by the time the paper arrives. I read many news sites online, including the Blade and TFP plus WTOL and WTVG.
My wife still does the crossword and Sudoku every day, but I suspect we wouldn't subscribe if these puzzles were removed.
We are in West Toledo, and we used to get the West Toledo Herald, but it stopped being delivered a few years ago. The last I heard they were out of business - correct me someone if I am wrong. Their web page reverted back to GoDaddy (www.heraldpapers.org).
The suburbans are full of high school sports, which is fine if you have kids participating. I don't so they're a big yawn. I do read the Blade every day. I also get the New York Times delivered. That's one heck of a newspaper. I'd love to get the Washington Post but it's available online only. I tried a trial subscription but about broke my neck trying to read it. It's akward and tiresom. I gave up the WSJ. Since Murdock bought it he's just trashed the credibility of the reporting. It's not fit to line a bird cage. Online news is great because of the immediacy but I likely will never give up the printed page. I am sincerely dissapointed the Blade dropped Prince Valient in the comics for whatever the hell that Kirk strip is supposed to be about. It's debut was a bomb.
If you just want the Blade for the puzzles you can print them out from the 'newsstand edition' that's available here:
If that link doesn't work, go to the library's web site and you can find it in their databases.
Once you get to the paper, just go to the page that the puzzle is on and print it. I've never tried it but I assume this would work.
I started reading this version of the on-line Blade when they changed their web site a few weeks ago -- seems like there are a lot fewer articles now in the on-line edition and I hate that YouTube thing they've got on the main page now.
Perrysburg Messenger Journal locally known as the Massengill journal.
for a long time they were doing an Old West End magazine, but that has recently gone under. word is, they are reviving it as a newsletter, and im really looking forward to the updated version. hoping the news is useful and up to date.
otherwise i read the city paper for local arts & entertainment listings.. and then get ALL of my important news online. its been a very very long time since ive bought a copy of the blade, or the free press.
I can do without all papers. I do most of my reading online. The only one I subscribe to is the Rossford Record, and even that barely ever has anything good in it.
I refuse to subscribe to the blade or even buy it in the stores, that paper isn't fit line our rabbit cage. I tell the people that every time they call to get me to subscribe,but they still keep calling me.
the publisher aside, the blade had a large stable of very good writers until just a few years ago. they still have a handful of seasoned pros but their ranks have been decimated.
i got a copy of "the press" this week and was impressed with the thourough reporting on the east side convenience store controversy.
holland - the washington post has a weekend edition which is outstanding. it takes all of their columnists articles from the week as well as special reporting, book reviews, science writing, and a good review of cartoons from the week. a nice concise read.