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More Budget - Again

I have noted before that the New York Times is particularly obsessed with the Amish.  Since the Associated Press ran a story about the Amish newspaper, The Budget, a few weeks ago, all sorts of media have jumped on the bandwagon, including the Los Angeles Times last week.  Today the New York Times had to chime in with an offering of their own.  They are running a story in today's edition about The Budget and it's struggle to morph into an online version.  It's a good article, I just - once again - roll my eyes because we have been talking about this for the past year and they act like its some brand new scoop. Click here to read.

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In the blog of the Welsh student working at The Budget, she said she has met Amish with master's degrees!  Kevin, within your scope of knowledge, do any of the Amish church groups allow their members or their children to remain in the church and pursue a higher education than the 8th grade?  What if a child wanted to go to high school.  Would that be permissible or is any higher education considered too "worldly"? 

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That is interesting, I will have to read the blog and maybe even contact the blogger for more information....Generally, the Old Order Amish do not attend school beyond the 8th grade.  Some Amish have left the church and then went on to much higher education, even attaining Phds in a handful of cases.  But an actual practicing Old Order Amish church member with a masters?  I find that very hard to believe.....Beachy, New Order....possibly....German Baptist, definitely....but an Old Order Amish with a masters degree?  That would be highly, highly unusual...

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This is rather stupid, in my opinion. The "Budget" was and is an Amish newspaper. Who gives someone the right to modernize that?  Although I enjoy this website A WHOLE BUNCH!!!, as I have told you, I never did computers before last Jan. I still don't do much...I have a distrust(old-fashioned,I guess). To try and mold the age-old "Budget" into something it was never meant to be or shouldn't be infuriates me..makes me wonder why I have a stinking computer!! I wrestle with this often..so if I someday disappear, you'll know why!

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I know this topic has been kicking around for awhile, so maybe I’m missing something, or maybe I’m just cranky, or maybe it’s my generation (or maybe it’s all three) … but why can’t The Budget continue as a print-only newspaper?  Why, in order to be “modern,” must a paper be put out of reach of the very people who read and -- (hello!) -- write it?  When did the Internet move from being prevalent to being mandatory?  This entire argument would be moot were it not for the fact that this essentially is an AMISH newspaper.  The Budget publisher’s comment, "If they want to keep this communication between their communities, they need to find a way to do this" baffles me.  The Budget has flourished in its current format for more than 100 years.  The current print edition works for the Amish; they’re happy with it, so let’s leave them alone to enjoy their newspaper their way.  Of the Amish, by the Amish, for the Amish … so why not in the Amish way?  

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hubby and i are of amish descent and we have cousins who live here in adams co. (west union, ohio.) each and every week, we visit all of our relatives for an afternoon of socializing and food.  they always let us read the BUDGET so that we can see the coming events for all of the amish in the area.  i think that the paper should remain the way it is.  i know that there are many, many non amish who have amish friends, so maybe it would be good for them to get together and share reading the paper.  i feel that the reason that they want the paper to change is because THEY have not managed to report on more local happenings and on the local people in their communities.  who cares about all of the 'phony' ideas of shallow people.  crime, war, unjust treatment of each other.  please leave that newspaper ALONE.