Excerpts from reader commentary on News staffers' online blog postings last week. Online comments come from registered users, but -- unlike reviewed and verified Everybody's Column letters -- can be posted under pen names.
In The News: Gene Warner blogged about a Forbes magazine article listing the Buffalo Bills as the most likely NFL franchise to move. In light of near-record ticket sales, he commented that it doesn't seem fair, but Matt didn't see the relevance:
Sports is business, and always has been. Business is not "fair," nor has it ever been. It is completely ridiculous to think anything else.
Tom explained it:
Season ticket sales, sold out games, fan support have nothing to do with it. It's about revenue, and the Bills can't bring it in because their boxes sell for $50,000 and NYC/Dallas boxes sell for 1 million dollars. That's what it comes down to.
Business isn't fair. It's business.
The 'Burbs: Irene Liguori posted about the STAR rebate checks and some confusing changes in deadlines and mailing dates. Rust Belt Catholic wondered:
Wouldn't it be simpler to just cut everyone's school taxes by that amount and save all of this fussing around? True, the politicians wouldn't get to crow about sending us our own money back once a year, but they wouldn't get the irate phone calls, either.
Talkin' TV: Alan Pergament launched a discussion of the LIN TV-Time Warner dispute over cable retransmission fees by noting that WIVB-TV's normally top newscast was plummeting in the ratings. klossfam commented:
Glad to see WIVB and LIN suffering. They deserve it. They bleed red ink due to their poor mgmt practices. It'll just get worse as some people install outdoor antennas and realize that HOLY COW! Digital TV is already here, free over the air, I can even watch Hockey Night in Canada in HD! That's the reality of DTV even before Feb 09 . . . a chunk of the population will realize they need neither cable nor satellite.
J. Thompson added this:
Nobody is really pointing the blame where it should be pointed, and that is with the FCC. Deregulation of the cable industry has led to this disagreement.
Matters of Opinion: George Pyle's series of blogs updating editorial endorsements and columnist views from around the nation on the presidential race has drawn heated debate. Joan offered a summary:
So basically, so far McCain is only picking up endorsements from the most far right of people & publications, while Obama is picking up endorsements from a variety of moderate to conservative sources, like the St. Louis Dispatch & William Buckley's son. It says a lot.
carl offered his opinion:
A blogger says Palin is an insult to the office of vice president. IMHO the real insult is that an empty suit whose own VP pick said isn't qualified to be commander in chief is even in this race.
And Chancellor Carlyle Roberts, II refused to even endorse the endorsements:
When are you media idiots going to learn: we don't give a rat's behind what you think or who you endorse. Now shut the hell up and stop trying to manipulate the election process!