What Do You Think?

June 22, 2009

Editor's note: Each week, The Herald-Mail invites readers to answer poll questions on Readers also may submit comments about the poll question when voting. Each Sunday, a sampling of edited reader comments will run in The Herald-Mail.

Last week there were three poll questions. The first question was: Was your television viewing affected by Friday's nationwide conversion to digital TV?

o "My viewing wasn't affected by the conversion as I am on cable, but where is the great difference that I was expected to receive from the digital signal? Does it take a while to be piped in?"

o "I gave up on TV. Nothing is good anymore. I prefer the Internet and going to the video store."

o "This is about making money and controlling the masses. If a person only gets limited stations then some believe what they see is true. The moneymaking side is forcing everyone to pay for more channels, so what used to be free is now charged for. Perhaps there was a lobby involved with this action as well, and we know there are taxes involved, so the government sees more pork revenue to waste coming their way."


o "No, it didn't affect me as I am paying for more channels like most other people, but pretty much watch history and science. Just because I went with the flow doesn't mean I don't see the light."

o "Digital television is not part of some totalitarian scheme to manipulate the masses. It's just an improvement in technology. The old National Television System Committee (NTSC) system with limited resolution and susceptibility to interference was 60 years old. It was/is time to move on, even if this leaves a few folks behind. I'm certain they will catch up. The conversion to color TV took about 12 years, so this change is going rather well."

o "I remember the days when we only had three stations to watch - ABC, CBS and NBC. And in those days, there was more quality programming on than today."

The second question was: Who would you rather see governing Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad or Mir-Hossein Mousavi?

o "What difference does it make? Muslim religious right-wing evangelicals run Iran through their five senior clerics. And (those who) keep hollering that the USA is a "Christian country" - whoa Nellie, you'd better HOPE not. There's nothing worse than a government run by religion."

o "Mir-Hossein Mousavi, because he might not be as evil as Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The election was rigged, so it did not matter who one voted for. The people are angry, and an investigation is under way to see if it was fair, and the results will be it was. Surprise."

o "Whoever is elected is immaterial since it's the mullahs that run the show. The rhetoric may stop, but the goals will not change."

o "Another thing that's amusing about this 'poll' is that 91 percent of respondents selected Mousavi based solely upon the media telling them that Mousavi is a moderate, or enlightened, or tolerant, or some other nonsense. I'm willing to wager that half of that 91 percent also likes to exclaim bitterly that 'the media' is biased and you can't believe anything they say."

The third question was: Do you agree with the Washington County Commissioners' decision to build a senior center on the campus of Hagerstown Community College?

o "More wasted spending of our tax money, which they keep raising."

o "Heck NO ... The County Commissioners' are obsessive-compulsive when it comes to spending money. There are plenty of venues for seniors right now. Enough with the spending!"

o "I am fairly new to this county. I agree that it is a waste of tax money. This county seems to spend taxpayers' money very frivolously."

o "Having just read an article discussing this same subject, I approve of it being built there. The money they are using is a federal grant that was given for that purpose, and I see nothing wrong with a place for seniors to go where they can also access continuing education classes and have the use of the college's gym equipment to stay healthy and active. The only suggestion I would make for the commissioners is that they should seriously look into lessening some of the traffic problems on Robinwood Drive by turning it into a four-lane road instead of it being a two-lane, like it is now. Also, I think there should be more of a mass-transit system that runs out there to transport people from downtown who would like to go, to also cut down on the amount of parking they would need."

o "Well, I am a senior, and I think that there has to be a better place to put a center unless the money is for use at this site only, as the location is wrong and will be hard to get to after the new hospital goes in. The traffic and other problems will make it unattractive for most. I have had to travel this route from both directions at different times of day and always found that a problem."

o "I believe the senior center is a good thing. I don't like the location and I agree that existing and vacant space could be put to use for this project. Great service to the seniors, commissioners - bad location and too much money! Sign me a 'soon to be senior.'"

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