“The legislated obsolescence of analog TV” a fine idea? (Editorial, Aug. 26) I think not!

It is the peak of an economic policy, foisted upon the populace to decrease freedom of access to information and increase their dependence upon pay television, (and soon, pay radio) by politicians and the hi-tech junkies of the communication and manufacturing industries.

That the public allowed this legislated mandate, with a sop of government converter box vouchers and non-issue disclaimers from cable, is a credit to industry lobbyists.

I have never needed 100 channels to watch. I have a life, thank you.

I think the mandated disposal of the toxic components of analog televisions is only one facet of this dark jewel. Another is the astronomical cost of replacing old televisions with pricey new ones for all economic classes.

It’s astounding. How happy this must make the television industries, both cable and direct – turning ever tighter the great crank of control and conformity.

Speaking of control, our national policy writers of the Patriot Act must be shouting with glee. What? You have no credit? You’re up to your armpits in red ink? So? Will there be an information divide along economic class lines? Who cares?

Just as no cable company I know of has the Weather Channel in its basic package, allowing everyone to access a hazardous weather survival tool, the demise of analog telecasting is a done deal.

I feel the industry can say, “Tough crackers … suckers.”

Violet Gerber, Sabattus


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