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Facts and the White House

 

White House Front Twilight

The Sentinel’s first “get” of the new presidential administration occurred Tuesday night around 7 p.m. outside of the West Wing of the White House.
While the expanded press pool waited inside the press room to be led over to the East Wing where the president and members of the Senate and House were scheduled to announce a Supreme Court nominee, a group of people gathered at the gate near the West Wing.
They looked to be guests. They were very well dressed and festive and they appeared to be friends and family of whoever the nominee was.

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The radio alarm clock is on

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“That was your first mistake. You took your lucky break,” said Paul McCartney and broke it in two.
I didn’t mean to do that, but the darn alarm clock kept going off and I was still tired.
Okay, just kidding.
“She’s waiting for me - yeah!”
Actually few of us wake up to an AM/FM alarm clock anymore and rare is it, if you do, Paul McCartney or the Beatles will be playing.

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Letters to the Editor, October 27, 2016

 

Republican voting for Clinton

 

To the editor;
I am among those Republicans who have re-registered as Unaffiliated.
I was a life-long Republican. I have never voted for a Democrat since first voting in 1972.. This year I will be voting for the Democratic candidates for President, the US Senate, and the US House of Representatives. The Republican nominee for President does not represent conservative, Republican values and is unfit to be President. Yet he has not been repudiated by either the national Republican party nor by most Republican candidates.

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Letters to the Editor, October 13, 2016

Robots and the school year?

To the editor;

“OK, robot waitress.  Your first recommendation was the slow baked salmon with lemon and thyme.    I’ll try that.  With the peas and carrots.  By the way, that is a snazzy outfit you’re wearing…. You’re welcome. ”  

In a few years conversations like this will become common.   More broadly, robots will increasingly perform many jobs now performed by humans.   We may expect that the robots generally will first be used to do repetitive physical jobs.   Jobs remaining available to humans will involve greater complexity and skill.  Less skilled humans will have a harder time finding work.   New kinds of human jobs will be created more slowly than traditional jobs disappear.

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The case for an independent press

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The results are in. The extensive testing of water in Montgomery County performed by National Testing Laboratories, Ltd. of water samples provided by the staff of the Montgomery County Sentinel has been completed.  The results: Montgomery County, Maryland is no Flint, Michigan.

Like Flint, Michigan, the testing of Montgomery County water revealed somewhat elevated levels of  trihalomethanes (TTHM's) which is a byproduct of the chlorine used to eliminate bacteria in our water system. However, unlike Flint's water, the elevated levels in the Montgomery County water are still within the EPA limits and the elevation is attributable to other factors such as the method of testing in conjunction with the period of time and location of the testing and do not, according to the EPA, present a danger to county residents.

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Facts, Opinions and Snowden

IMG 0243Economics teaches us the more of a commodity we have, then usually the less valuable that commodity is to us – or as the economics professor used to say, “The demand curve slopes down.”
With that being said, if you couple that thought with the well-known maxim regarding opinions and their proliferation, then one must come to the logical and factual conclusion that opinions are worthless.
Edward Snowden didn’t get in trouble for releasing “opinions.” He got in trouble for being a whistle-blower regarding hard data – real information – you know “facts.”
Those facts are the coin of the realm and increasingly hard to come by.

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In memory of ye old "Tip Line"

 

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It was called the “Tip Line.”

Every newsroom had them and many still do. Every place I worked the tip line was attached to an answering machine which played a pre-recorded message and then recorded whatever tip the viewer or reader had to offer.

A human being, usually a younger producer, intern or desk assistant would listen to hear if the “tip” on the tip line was worth covering.

Many of the tips were not worthy of our attention. Some of the more memorable ones included the tip that Ronald Reagan and Oliver North were sitting naked on fence posts outside of an assembly hall in San Antonio.

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Turn off and tune out

 

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Television news is done. Put a fork in it and call it what it really is: cheap, poor entertainment. Consumed by the masses for those who don’t have the stones for real information, it has ceased to be of relevance and is in fact a detriment, in many cases, to understanding the world around us.

This conclusion did not come easily. Having spent some 20 years in television, it is worthy to note the medium has the ability to connect us in ways print and the spoken word cannot.

Its value, however, is also the fire in which it burns.

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