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Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 5:00 pm

Editors read other newspapers rather than just focusing on their issues. We do it to try to be better informed. To go without a daily newspaper to us is like missing a meal — make it two meals, or missing a monthly breakfast at the Washington Elks Lodge.

We, just like other newspaper readers, get upset with some of the other newspapers we read, just as some readers get upset with some issues of The Missourian for whatever reasons. We read on a daily basis the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, usually not agreeing with many of its editorials, and The Wall Street Journal, which we consider the best daily newspaper in the country and its conservative slant is excellent. On Sundays, we read The New York Times, which is available via home delivery here, and it’s printed at the Columbia Daily Tribune.

Why The New York Times? Because it has excellent news stories. This past Sunday we were ready to trash it because in its sports section it ignored Stan Musial and the great tribute given to him by St. Louis and national baseball fans, other players, the clergy, politicians and just about every other category of people. The Times was publishing true to form. Stan The Man did not play for a team back east. He was pretty much ignored when he was a  player by the eastern newspapers. A few writers from that section of the country did recognize his greatness, but the New York and eastern press generally ignored Musial’s great feats on the diamond.

We know something about some New Yorkers (we served in the Army with some of them) and they were the biggest hicks we ever met. Many had never been out of New York City before, knew nothing about the Midwest or the great West.

But we can’t condemn the entire issue of Sunday’s Times. It had several in-depth news stories that were excellent. One was about ObamaCare on the legal path to the U.S. Supreme Court.  Ethan Bronner wrote: “In a flood of lawsuits, Roman Catholics, evangelicals and Mennonites are challenging a provision in the new health care law that requires employers to cover birth control in employee health plans — a high-stakes clash between religious freedom and health care access that appears headed to the Supreme Court.” The lawsuits that have been filed also are by private employers who object to the mandate as a violation of freedom of religious beliefs. They contend the government is forcing them to violate core tenets of their faith.

Most of us are aware of some of the lawsuits and have been wondering where they are in the judicial system. The story gave a good update on the status of the suits.

Another story gave a comprehensive report on “Selling a New Generation on Guns.” It told of how the gun and ammunition industry is recruiting children, using contests, games and even weapons to develop our young people for the gun culture we have. Reporter Mike McIntire wrote: “Threatened by long-term declining participation in shooting sports, the firearms industry has poured millions of dollars into a broad campaign to ensure its future by getting guns into the hands of more, and younger, children.”

McIntire continued: “The industry’s strategies include giving firearms, ammunition and cash to youth groups; weakening state restrictions on hunting by young children; marketing an affordable military-style rifle for ‘junior shooters’ and sponsoring semiautomatic handgun competitions for youths; and developing a target-shooting video game that promotes brand-name weapons, with links to the Web sites of their makers.”

Then there was a story about “Secret Donors Finance Fight Against Hagel.” It reported that a new conservative group called Americans for a Strong Defense and financed by anonymous donors is running ads urging Democratic senators in five states to vote against Chuck Hagel, President Obama’s nominee for secretary of defense.

Inside there was a story about a growing community of people who are stocking up on everything they think they would need for the end of civilization.

 Even though The Times ignored Stan Musial, we will continue to read it on Sundays because of its news content.

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