I don't think I was asking for too much, and in fact I didn't want the paper to change at all, I would have been happy in the relationship, if it had just stayed the same, but it didn't. Each and every aspect of it that I had loved, changed for the worse. The comic page that used to be 3-4 pages with big print with the most current strips, shrunk to half it's size, left the worst strips in and let the best ones go, added huge ads for closeout stores onto it and shrunk the print to the point that I couldn't read it, even with my glasses. Why? The front page that used to have hard hitting journalism, that was meticulously edited, became a repeat of the mornings news peppered throughout with misspellings, sometimes even in the headlines. Sad when they let themselves go like that. Then it was the missing pieces where a story would start on page 1 and tease you to page 6 to find
So I'm out now and will soon receive my last paper. I'll miss it at first, but I'll replace it with something better, less expensive, and something worthy of the time that I choose to spend with it. It will be a relationship not based on disconnected memories of how it used to be, but one of equal value where I find new things to love about the practice each day and one that fulfills all my needs as a reader. Hmm, I wonder if there is a decent blog somewhere out there that will do this? I'll have to look.