Newspapers have many practical uses.
Item: You can spread newspapers on the ground, soak them with water, and cover them with mulch to keep weeds from growing.
Item: Wadded-up newspaper is an excellent lightweight packing material in place of bubble wrap or other material. Good for wrapping glassware and fragile items.
Item: Using newspaper instead of paper towels to clean windows will prevent streaking.
Item: Wrap green tomatoes or pieces of fruit in newspaper to make them ripen faster.
Item: Newspapers make good insulation; you can wrap them around your pipes to keep them from freezing. (And, you will recall, the unemployed sleeping rough during the Depression called them “Hoover blankets.”)
Item: Newspapers are good for deodorizing; put wads of them in your shoes or in the vegetable drawer to absorb unwanted smells.
Item: Use newspaper instead of sponges to clean grease from your oven.
Item: You already new about paper-training the puppy or lining the cat’s litter box or the bottom of the birdcage, right?
Item: Spread newspaper on the car windshield to prevent icing.
Item: Subscribe to the newspaper to find out how deeply Baltimore police officers are involved in corruption and criminal acts, that the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is showcasing works by a neglected African-American woman composer, that environmentalists are trying to strengthen laws to protect the state’s forests from development, that state employees are excluded from a new contraception law, that there is a campaign for the city to ban polystyrene foam containers, that a restaurant featuring Eastern European food is opening in Pikesville, that the Orioles are planning to hire another free-agent starting pitcher.
Then, once you have supported the work of the journalists who bring this information to you, use it for the other stuff.