Thursday, December 18, 2008

December 22, 2008-A Week of News

Consider This for December 22, 2008—A Week of News

As the year grinds to an end it seems as though more and more news was shoved into this past week.

When journalism students dream they dream of becoming a reporter. Reporters dream of becoming editors and editor’s dream of becoming publishers. Publishers dream about becoming owners. This week they are all having nightmares about being unemployed as more and more newspapers and media outlets shut down.

Take a look at what is happening with Channel 2 and Channel 31 in Denver.

I have thought for many years about how the Internet news outlets would eventually cause the end of newspapers and even books. You can buy just about any book published in an electronic form from today. A good friend once said that she would never curl up in bed at night without a book as it was something about holding a book and smelling the pages and the ink. I would imagine that the new electronic books could have a smell included in a chip somewhere.

In a bad economy the things that are believed to be redundant go first. Advertising budgets, safety and security programs, media specialists, training programs, public arts programs and human resource programs go by the wayside. Anything that is not directly associated with the main mission gets cut. What a shame when this is the exact opposite of what we need right now. I think they should look at management first and cut there.

The Governor of Illinois has effectively ignored the pleas for him to step down so far. Sounds like he understands the system because no one including their State Senate and the Attorney General has been able to move forward with any action. Corruption breeds corruption. The entire state is corrupt. They ought to hang a closed sign at the borders and annex themselves to Iowa.

I have also read that in five years there will only be three major airlines. I will not hazard a guess on the names of the airlines. Yes, there will be discount airlines with few routes and some small commuter airlines.

A family of four dies of carbon monoxide poisoning in a million dollar house in Aspen recently. Everyone needs to get a CO detector for their house. I have had two in my house for years after losing a good friend in Iowa to a bad furnace many years ago. Don’t take a chance. It is well worth the expense. Remember I used to be the Coroner so I have some experience in the matter. They are fairly expensive but how much is your life worth or the life of your loved ones. If you don’t have one I would say that you don’t really care.

A train to the mountains is such a wonderful idea. Let’s stop the madness of fossil fueled cars on narrow highways moving slowly between Summit County and Denver. There is an ad on TV right now about how a train gets over 400 miles per gallon of diesel fuel.

We need to figure out ways to save money in the future and not spend money. Mass transit will replace the fossil fueled cars within the next ten years.

Speaking of cars. The House approved the automotive bail out. The Senate voted it down. The worst President we ever had decided to fund it anyway but at a reduced rate. General Motors and Chrysler said it was not enough money and now some are going to close their plants for a month to save money. Maybe they should have tried to save money earlier. Buyers do not exist so what is a car company to do?

I will also predict that in five years there will not be any U.S. car companies. Very bad management and the cost of union contracts to blame.

I guess the very best news of the weeks is that it is Christmas. A time to give gifts and renew old friendships from years gone by and a time to eat too much and to remember to not drink and drive. We want to make sure that you are here next year and not to become part of tomorrow’s news.

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