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    Tuesday, September 19, 2006

    Tuesday Talkback

    I'm not going to talk about specific techniques, except to say that when they moan, I talkback.

    "We're paying over $100 a month for cable and all we get is a bunch of junk!" - Solon

    Yet you keep buying it. So you get no pity from me.

    "I wish the cleaning people would do a better job at our town hall." - Cuyahoga Heights

    I am sure there is a lovely story behind this. After all, Cuyahoga Heights is a small community, and chances are that whoever phoned this in knows the people who clean city hall, and vice versa.

    "Why can't the TV stations show a phone number so that those of us who do not have a computer for can participate in different polls and questions that they have? We would really appreciate it." - Brook Park

    Here is a phone number for you: 1-800-915-3355. Dell is offering $150 off desktop computers and $300 off notebooks.

    "When one company takes over another, why do newspapers and TV always pass along the lie that there will be no job cuts? That has never happened, so please stop reporting it." - Bay Village

    There is a difference between reporting that there will be no job cuts, and reporting that officials from both companies state that there will be no job cuts. Surely you can see the distinction by now.

    "Bay Village is full of barking dogs. People seem to buy dogs and let them outside to bark and annoy the neighbors." - Bay Village (the city of barking dogs)

    Perhaps they bark because they have no computers with which to express their opinions in meaningless television polls. Or perhaps they are barking over job cuts. I know not for whom the dog barks; perhaps it barks for thee.

    "My moan is to all the idiots who misuse their cell phones - in church, in restaurants, in movie theaters, even in restrooms, but mostly on the road when they're supposed to be driving their cars." - Lakewood

    "Misuse" their cell phones? Cell phones have so many uses these days, about the only misuse I can think of it setting it on vibrate and using it as a personal massager. That might help one get through church if the sermon is getting a bit long.

    "What makes me mad is, every time I say something to my wife, she says, 'Whatever!' " - Cleveland


    "This is for the teenage boys and young men who wear their pants below their waistline: From the back, you look like your grandpa with baggy pants on. And then when you have to hold them up when you walk or run, you look like a girl holding up her skirt. You're not cool." - Cleveland

    The arbiter of cool has spoken. Right. Listen, nobody's grandpa wears their pants like that -- grandpas usually do the exact opposite and wear them extra high. And I don't think I've ever seen a girl hold up her skirt while running. So pretty much the best you can do to argue against this admittedly misguided fashion statement is to tell these boys that they look like old men and skirts, even though they don't.

    "When police pull cars over for whatever reason, why don't they move their cars close to the side, instead of hanging out half on the street where it causes more problems?" - Parma

    I can't believe that you don't know the reason why police do this! But here it goes: it is to protect themselves when they walk up to the side of the car they've pulled over -- they leave the car out far enough so they don't get nailed by passing traffic. If you think a cop car three feet into the lane of traffic "causes more problems" -- you should see traffic stop when an officer gets hit by a car.

    "Does the telephone company know how much business they are losing and why people are cutting out their landlines and going to cell phones? Because we have to go through all of this nonsense like 'give us your access code' and then give us this and that until you're sick of it all." - Rocky River

    Be it the phone company or the Catholic Church or AOL, just keep turning people off, and watch people walk with their feet. Now if only the first moaner would do that with the cable company...

    "Regarding smoking: On the flip side of smoking, 20 percent of Ohioans pay $4 million a day - $1.5 billion a year - for the privilege of smoking in secluded areas. Eighty percent pay nothing. Is this fair? What's wrong with this picture?" - Macedonia

    In general, taxing a product heavily will discourage its consumption. So taxing cigarettes to decrease their consumption sounds good. But cigarettes are not like other products. Cigarettes are addictive. And the money raised by taxing cigarettes isn't used to get people to stop smoking. It is used for anything from buidling stadiums to now supporting the arts. And because politicians know that the smokers will just keep smoking, they are an easy target. The last thing they want is for the smokers to stop smoking, because if they did, they'd have to find other (and more politically perilous) sources of revenue. Politicians are addicted to cigarette taxes as surely as smokers are addicted to nicotine. And they count on smokers to stay addicted in order to fund their pet projects.

    "Does Frank Jackson understand that legalized gambling has plunged Detroit into a huge fiscal mess? The city of Cleveland, like its schools, cannot be saved by more money. The root of the problem is society, our lack of values and the accountability of our parents. - Cleveland

    Oh yeah, Detroit was just short of paradise when those casinos came along and ruined it all! Casinos are no panacea, no quick fix solution, and like pretty much everything else the politicians promise, they'll fall short of all of the rose-colored vision being pitched. Perhaps cigarette taxes are merely a gateway drug, and the mayor wants to move on to the harder stuff. That said, Cleveland should have had casinos long ago. I have long maintained that if Cleveland really wants to be a destination city, it has to go all out: build a convention center, expand the airport, build casinos, and encourage even more adult entertainment. Take any of those things out of the equation, and the plummers will meet in Detroit instead.


    Comments on "Tuesday Talkback"


    Blogger Mr. Bebout said ... (8:18 AM, September 19, 2006) : 

    Nice work today


    Blogger Betty said ... (8:25 AM, September 19, 2006) : 

    I love Tuesday Talkback!
    Keep it coming.


    Blogger Gina Ventre said ... (8:40 AM, September 19, 2006) : 

    "And then when you have to hold them up when you walk or run, you look like a girl holding up her skirt."

    For some reason, this reminds me of the "why don't more women wear hosiery" from a few weeks ago.


    Blogger Kristen said ... (9:37 AM, September 19, 2006) : 



    Anonymous Noelle said ... (9:42 AM, September 19, 2006) : 

    great talkback. the best in a while.Thanks


    Blogger Sandi said ... (10:50 PM, September 19, 2006) : 

    I always was annoyed by that cop car thing, too, honestly. Thank you for ending my ignorance.

    I have held up my skirt, on occasion, when it's long and I am going up or down stairs. But then, I'm a lady (warning: sarcasm).


    Blogger anne said ... (2:08 PM, September 20, 2006) : 

    Hmm, I wonder where the Hemingway inspired comment came from...

    The telephone number talkback was great. Hurts a little tho, since I too am computer-deficient in the home setting.


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