Saturday, September 27, 2008

Digital TV

Wow! A second post this month!

Last weekend I took my cousin shopping for a new digital tv. We noted that even converter boxes will not work once a complete switch to digital is made in 2012. As we were shopping it hit me. What are the working poor and those in real poverty going to do to continue to receive the broadcasts? How are they going to be able to afford even one of these new sets? This time, they will have converter box coupons to use which will help with most of the cost. A new digital set (even a small one) is much more pricey. I really hope that Congress can get its eyes off Wall St. for a while and start considering a program to help people afford the next switch.

I wasn't sure what Congressional Committees work on this, but I did find that a Congressman from Massachusetts, Congressman Edward Markey, is Chair of the House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet. He has held hearings on the Digital transfer, so I figured he would be a good elected official to contact. I just e-mailed his office tonight. I will let you know if I get any response.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

More Problems for Protesters at RNC

I've gotten some reports that protesters were treated very harshly at the RNC. There were reports that police raided preparation areas, that they infiltrated at least one group (ok, not the best group of the lot, but still...) . Journalists were also jailed. Some who would want to document the protest and any ill treatment were among those arrested. Some are facing felony charges. The ACLU is protesting this treatment. Read their press release.

I'm very concerned about these police tactics and the fact that protesters have to face such problems. It's hard enough when the media hardly mentions these protests and the decision makers are so insulated from them!

PLEASE let more people know about these abuses and that we expect our civil liberties to be respected. Also, write or e-mail the Mayor of St. Paul, and any media outlets that come to mind.