Saturday, September 25, 2010

Letters to the Editor--They Get Printed!

Sometimes pushing buttons--technically speaking--can get you 'noticed'.

Especially when you're honestly trying to make a positive comment in the process...and it doesn't hurt when your local newspaper has online editorial letter submissions online, and some white space to fill occasionally.

That having been said, here's what I've said in the past few months that was 'seen fit' to print in the local 'Park City Daily News' (which of course, has nothing to do with that city, and is both 'officed' and 'produced' here in Bowling Green, KY).

If you click the title of this Blog entry, you'll get a 'Google' search for all of these, but here they are, in order of print (click the title of each to see them in their original form--if they're still taking up space on the DN's site, anyway):

Tuesday, February 23, 2010 11:28 AM CST
Why doesn’t the city offer paid wireless accounts on its new wireless Internet system?

I think it would be a great idea, because it would keep our city “greener,” make lots of quick money for the city and allow local customers within reach a permanent Internet account. If even 5,000 local customers started paying, say, $10 a month, that would be $50,000 immediately payable to say, the firemen who risked their lives for our safety and are owed hazard pay.

I remit the remainder of my time to the dummies-in-charge.

Mike Denney
Bowling Green

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 11:29 AM CDT

I found another way to contact Dollar General about their staying downtown - their website. It’s here:
I just submitted the following message to them:
“I know you guys have taken a little heat by closing a Bowling Green store in downtown BG that served the elderly in the downtown district here.
I love your DG Market, but we only have one, and it’s all the way across town. Why don’t you guys ‘kill two birds’ and open another one where Sav-A-Lot closed a few years back, in the 300 block of College Street?
You would easily be accessible to all the same older crowd who’ve relied on you for years, but also revitalize a fine building while opening a new market for all sorts of new customers closer to town.”

Mike Denney
Bowling Green
More investigation into Insight is needed

Friday, July 23, 2010 10:42 AM CDT

This letter is in support of Linda Matthews’ bemoaning the recent trend toward increasing ads in Insight’s programming.

I too noticed this, and also the trend toward Insight “dropping” their own ads in over other advertisers on a constant basis (many times interrupting even national ads!)

Insight appears to have “bought out” the only other competitor in the region - Comcast - by “allowing” them to show spot ads, ads merely promoting the effectiveness of “cable advertising” in the community.

Hmmm. That’s monopolistic to me.

I registered two complaints with the FCC about this by visiting their Web address at:

Although the FCC responded both times by notifying myself AND Insight, Insight’s written explanation was to blame their “new computer” in charge of scheduling ads! Worse, Insight’s response (more like excuse!) seemed to quell further FCC investigations - I got only one “follow-up” letter from the FCC, just to say it considered the “matter closed” after Insight promised they’d “been working on this diligently for a year now.” Hmmm.

I agree with Ms. Matthews, plus, I think more investigation needs to be done.

Mike Denney