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So two days ago, I heard a big plop on my front doorstep.

It was a phone book.

You know, one of those thick books that sits on the kitchen counter, unused. I have three and I can honestly say I've never opened one.

The Internet has changed all that. If I want a number, I just search for it on my phone. If I need a more user-friendly phone book service, I use Spokeo, Whitepages, or Anywho.

So this week, I've decided to weigh the pros and cons in an article for the Advocate's Aug 22 edition. Will it one day become obsolete?

How much is money would be spent to produce phone books for a city of about 70,000 people? How many trees are being chopped?

What are your thoughts? Do you have a strong opinion? Let me know. We want to know your thoughts. Call me at 361-580-6504, e-mail me at jrortega@vicad.com or comment on this story.

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