It seems to me that we, the people of Brainerd and the customers of Charter Communications, need to do something to work out the kinks in our public access station. Because that's what it is, our station. It's only function is to be there for anyone to air anything they want other people to see. It doesn't matter if it's a video of your third cousin's Bar Mitzvah or some explicit scenes filmed on your honeymoon vacation. Public access is a free speech zone and no one has the right, especially not the operators of Charter, to deny you access to public access.
That was made law in 1996 when the U.S. Supreme court ruled that a "cable operator's veto" violates more rights than it protects. Submissions for public access may not be reviewed for content and they do not have to follow the FCC guidelines other channels are subject to.
That said, Charter Communications in Brainerd has a policy of reviewing for content all of the submissions to public access. If the submission does not meet their standards for decency it is not aired. This policy must change immediately.
In addition, it seems to me that there is a great hardship at Charter to push the darn play button at the appropriate time. I know that this is not a problem I alone have endured. Several of the area churches have had their Sunday sermons go unheard after spending a great deal of time, money and energy in getting them taped and ready for airing.
So, people of Brainerd, let's not allow our rights to be violated any longer. Remember, you pay for public access every time you pay your cable bill. It is your station. Let's take it back.
Don't privatize Social Security
As a retiree, I recognize the importance of Social Security and medicare to my well-being. Recent statements by prominent Republicans cause me to believe that they changes they propose to make will deprive my children and grandchildren of many of the benefits which I presently enjoy. Anyone who has watched the performance of the stock market over the last several years should recognize that privatizing Social Security would endanger the retirement of the majority of Americans, whose need for benefits will be no less than my own.
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