Once again, you read it here first folks! I know many things first before my active JW friends hear about them in the hall and I feel guilty that I pretend to be ignorant when they tell me.
Of course the people clapped when they heard this news! Never mind the high gas prices. Most people are so dead tired on weeknights that nobody wants to drag themselves out in the evening. It is sad in a way and some people will miss the home book studies.
While concern over economics might seem to have played a part in this change, I feel control and legal concerns are what was really behind it all.