Gimme An Old-Fashioned…Newspaper


A subscription to the Las Vegas Review Journal comes with many sections.
Photo by Diane Taylor

I grew up with newspapers. My folks received a morning and an evening newspaper in my St. Louis suburb. My first job in Chicago was with a newspaper, the Chicago Daily News. In Las Vegas, for a brief time, I was a freelance writer for the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

But times change–and several years ago I somehow got tired of picking up after my newspapers and decided to join the “with it” kids and subscribe online. The first day online was great, but as the days, weeks and years passed, I found that I didn’t much read the newspaper online. I don’t really listen to local newscasts on radio and TV so I was missing out on a good deal of local news — good and bad.

So a couple months ago, I re-subscribed to the Las Vegas Review Journal as a real newspaper–delivered to my home seven days a week.

And I found–I do now read the paper every day. And because the Las Vegas Sun comes with the Review-Journal, I get several points of view in one paper.

As the weather got warmer and I launched a hummingbird feeder, I have a new habit every morning. I make a cup of coffee and my gentleman friend has cut an orange or grapefruit for me AND picked up the paper. I then go outside with my coffee, fruit and the newspaper and sit at my table. The sun is shining (but I’m in shade). The morning air is cool and often breezy. I eat my orange or grapefruit. I read the newspaper and I watch three or four hummingbirds which, I’m finding out, are quite territorial and are often chasing after one another. (I bought two more feeders to give them a variety.) A relaxing and somewhat exciting way to start the day.

God bless the newspaper headline writers. They can usually capture the sense of a story in the headline which makes skimming possible. I always take time with Johnny Katz’s entertainment report, and I read the editorial pages from stem to stern. I look at the ads, but don’t act on most of them because at my age, I have what I need. I sometimes take a gander at the advice columns and am glad I’m not so troubled. I keep Friday’s edition of the Neon to consult during the week. I read what books are selling. Then I read the comics–most of them. Most are colorful, cute and the type is big enough for these old eyes to read and smile. I am alone outside, incidentally, because lately the gentleman friend has been rising very early so that he can walk in Wetlands Park before the heat arrives and before I get my coffee.

I was astounded when the Vegas Golden Knights won the Stanley Cup. The newspaper had so many congratulatory ads I figured they must have started selling months ago and taken quite a chance hoping for the best. Huge ads and lots of them. I don’t know how the newspaper does financially, but the Knights’ win certainly helped.

I have read that newspapers are not as popular as they once were. But I am a supporter. It’s much more fun to sit and relax with a newspaper than it is to live through interruptions on a cable channel or strain at a computer screen. And once you have read the paper, you then have something to talk about the rest of the day. I’m back to my newspaper and I’m loving it.





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Mike McNamara

Mike McNamara

A Las Vegas Realtor since 2008. Mike has a wide range of knowledge around all things Las Vegas.

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