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Joe McQuaid's Publisher's Notebook: NASCAR, comics and question of the week


September 29. 2013 6:35PM

Encouraged, no doubt, by last week's letter-writer who told me a "Bill Lobe" was going to get me in the next life, here is the latest out of the mailbag from an adoring fan:

"About the NASCAR article on front page of Sat. paper. Aren't we supposed to conserve fuel, not run around in a circle, like a bunch of morons.

"Also your funnies on Sundays suck compared to the comics of 1930s and 1940s."

Gosh, I wish readers would tell me how they really feel about the paper.

But this writer signed his name, so he gets credit for that. I will be kind and not divulge it to the "morons" who drive the NASCAR circuit. Some of them are pretty tough, and I don't just mean Danica Patrick.

I agree, by the way, that some of the old comics seem better than some of today's. I bet, though, that this fellow likes "Pickles." He sort of sounds like the granddad in that strip.

I also think many of the old TV shows were better, especially when it comes to shows for kids. "Leave it to Beaver" and "The Brady Bunch" still hold up pretty well and teach life lessons without being preachy and certainly without resorting to the gutter language and themes of today's TV fare. Come to think of it, there are no comparably good shows for kids today, not at least that I have run across.

Overheard in the newsroom, "If I read one more story that says the person 'turned herself into the police,' I'm going to scream."

Why didn't she turn herself into a pumpkin?

My own question of the week: Is it still the America's Cup when the winning "American" team has only one American on the crew?

My middle grandson would appreciate such upside-down logic. I took him apple-picking and, after a full 30 seconds of walking by himself, he turned and asked me if I would like him to "carry you, Pop-pop?"

I knew what he meant, which is why my back was sore from carrying him for the rest of the afternoon. And I wouldn't have changed a thing on a perfect, blue-sky autumn afternoon that needed to be pressed into the memory book for future and frequent reference.

Speaking of memory, some readers (including this one) have had recent issues accessing the electronic "Southern New Hampshire Edition" of the newspaper.

The fix may be as easy as using the "clear cached web content" feature on your web browser, be it Firefox or Google Chrome or something else.

We normally have three editions of the paper, Monday through Friday. E-edition readers can access any or all of them. And if you are a print subscriber, you are entitled to e-edition access. That includes Saturdays, when the print paper isn't distributed statewide.

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