- E.J. Montini wrote about the federal government's TV subsidy to assist the conversion from analog to digital.
"It strikes me as outrageous, given all of the problems with the economy and the many needs that we have, to be spending more 1.34 BILLION dollars in order to help people watch more television," Darrow told me. "But then, when you read the other article, well, it tells you everything you need to know."
Just below converter-box story was a headline that read: "Study: 1 in 7 U.S. adults lacks basic literacy skills."
- George Will's Sunday column from the Washington Post ran in the AZ Republic this morning, talking about our litigious nation with one of the best opening lines of an op-ed:
" Called to a Florida school that could not cope, police led the disorderly student away in handcuffs, all 40 pounds of her 5-year-old self."
- Umm...there was a third editorial I liked that, like Will's, is pulled from another paper. Unfortunately, the Arizona Republic doesn't list it on their site, and I can't remember it right now. Will need to update later.
Chris and I cancelled our cable service over a year ago and, since we don't have an antenna, don't even have basic television reception. Other than my father-in-law bemoaning our lack of TV, we haven't missed it at all. If we want to watch something, we can access it either online or on DVD. Buying an entire season of Stargate SG-1 is cheaper than one month of basic cable. Streaming it on Xbox Live Arcade or Netflix is more efficient and cheaper (since it's part of our regular subscription). But for the most part, we play games, or read, or just spend time with each other.
Regarding the other article, we were just thinking about this topic as we read the ridiculous number of cautions and warnings on a pair of night-vision goggles (a gift for my father-in-law: "Do not wear while driving." "Do not put batteries in mouth." "Will not facilitate accomplishment of Splinter Cell-like missions." Seriously. If you put batteries in your mouth, you deserve to face the consequences. Idiots.