For the last four years I have watched my delivery service of the morning newspaper turn into a lottery wherein I usually lose. I pay; no paper. The morning walk of 1500 feet while good for the body, gets old on the fifth or sixth trip to see if there will be a newspaper that day. You would think that given the stories of newspapers economic woes, that the service would be getting better, bot worse. I however can count on at least three no paper or noon delivery of said paper per month. Of course a late morning newspaper for most of us becomes an evening paper full of yesterday's news. So with nothing left but frustration, I am ending my 35 year love affair with a morning news paper. Sadly I will now get my news from the internet and television in small factoids trimmed to fit a busy mind with no comfort level for detail.
TO: Washington Post Circulation (original written in haste on one of those irritating web site memo fields was loaded with typos)
I ENTERED INTO A CONTRACT FOR A MORNING PAPER. NOT A MID DAY OR AFTERNOON PAPER, BUT A MORNING PAPER. OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS, I HAVE WATCHED MY DELIVERY BECOME SPORADIC, UNPREDICTABLE AND ABSENT. MY PAYMENT WAS ON TIME AND DIRECT, YOUR SERVICE IS ABYSMAL. I HAVE CALLED FAXED AND PLEADED TO NO AVAIL. EARLIER THIS MONTH I SAID IF THIS HAPPENS AGAIN (WHICH IT DID - CHECK YOUR LOGS) I WOULD NOT BE RENEWING MY SUBSCRIPTION. SINCE THE POST CAN NOT HOLD UP ITS END OF THE CONTRACT, I SHALL NOT BE RENEWING THIS SUBSCRIPTION AS THERE IS LITTLE SENSE IN THESE ECONOMIC TIMES OF PAYING FOR SOMETHING I DO NOT RECEIVE...SERVICE
An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. "A fight is going on inside me," he said to the boy.
"It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil—he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego." He continued, "The other is good—he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you—and inside every other person, too."
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, "Which wolf will win?"
The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed."
First People - The Legends. Cherokee Legend of Two Wolves. November 16, 2004. [accessed April 7, 2012].