- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 22, 2006

I am obsessed with buying and reading newspapers. It’s a problem. Believe me.

But it’s a habit that’s less expensive and less dangerous than cigarettes, so you can keep your warning labels.

It hasn’t taken me long to realize that my favorite place in D.C. is not a monument or a museum, but the Hudson News shop at Union Station.

The idea that I have access to a dozen different newspapers is amazing to me. I’m from southeast Michigan, where you have just three or four choices for a newspaper on a daily basis. It’s pretty sad. But you should see my eyes when I walk into the omnipresent D.C. news shop. It’s definitely my candy store.

It has also encouraged me to see so many people reading the newspaper in D.C.

I’m amazed to see so many people reading while eating or traveling.

Clearly, it’s because they’re smart.

Yes, you heard me, D.C. peeps are smarter than the rest of the country.

Deal with it. Or read the paper. Your choice.

Nathan Bomey is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University


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