Different generations discuss charges to Cleveland Plain Dealer delivery

CLEVELAND - At The Diner on Clifton in Lakewood on Wednesday, the topic on the menu was the changes at the Plain Dealer.

Two cousins sat in the third booth discussing the changes.

"I typically don't have time. I'm a mom and I work and I don't have a lot of extra time to read the paper," Ellen Chrisman said.

Chrisman's cousin, Debra Cooper, still gets the paper although not daily.

"I get the paper several days a week, but don't get to read it as much as I would like. I primarily get it for advertisements and coupons," Cooper said.

Several research studies suggest that young people don't read the newspaper.

"I would disagree. I think that instead of getting news from one source, we get it from multiple sources," Max Loeffler said. "I read the paper between classes."

But there are others on the campus of Baldwin Wallace University who don't read the print version of the Plain Dealer.

"I do everything online. I get news sent to my email, I use the apps on my Kindle Fire," Brooke Hradisky said.

The older generation may be affected the most. It was a topic people were talking about at Renaissance Retirement Community in Olmsted Township.

Eighty-three-year-old Roger Reeves has been reading the paper since he learned to read. His dad worked at the Plain Dealer for many years.

"The Plain Dealer is part of my day. First thing me and my wife do," Reeves said.

Cynthia Duncan, 86, said change is not easy.

"I don't have a computer and I hope in my lifetime I won't have to have a computer. The newspaper is very important to me," Duncan said.

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