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Readers weigh in on the S-R Lite

I had asked readers to share their nicknames for the Monday paper, which tends to be a tad thin.

A few of those answers appear in today's print column.

But here are some additional responses.

“I call it the daily wipe,” wrote Alan Howard.

Carol Bending wrote, “We send our black Lab, Libby, to 'get the paper' every morning, but on Monday it's 'not the paper.'”

So what is it?

“I refer to the Monday edition of the paper as kindling,” wrote Lois Farnsworth-Whysong.

Maureen Shogan wrote, “As I bent down to retrieve Monday's edition, I thought to myself, 'Won't cover a bird cage tray.'”

Speaking of birds, Rex Reed wrote, “We call our Monday edition of the SR the 'Thank God we have only one bird edition.'”

Both Trudy Rux and Shirl Foien said they would call the Monday paper “Why bother?”

Don Harding said that at his house they call it the “Gillette,” because it's as thin as a razor blade.

Irene Silverman suggested “Slim pickens.”

“News page,” said Bill Mahaney.

When Tina Wynecoop's husband, Judge, collects the Monday paper he cheerfully says, “Oh, a little note from The Spokesman-Review.”

C.R. Marquardt said it could be called The Spokane Press. “I delivered it in the '30s, it was always a few pages.”

Others spoke of the Monday paper as a rip-off of subscribers, a welcome break for the carrier after dealing with Sunday papers the previous day, being the “almost paper,” and signalling that the S-R was “Going, going…gone.”

Mary Brown called it “A complete waste of my time.”

Another reader called it “The Nothing New-s.”

Colville's Lan Hellie said his issue is with Wednesday's paper because that's the one day there isn't a Slice column in print.

But that's a different subject.


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Features writer Paul Turner is a columnist for The Spokesman-Review in the Features department. He writes "The Slice" column, which appears six times a week and produces general features stories for the Today section.

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