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Sunday, May 18, 2008

FGC issue forums: Northwest Arkansas Times hits one out of the ballpark

Posted By on Sun, May 18, 2008 at 10:25 AM

Yesterday I had a chance to rag on the NWA Times, and today I am singing their praises. To steal from Walt Whitman, I contain multitudes. Or, if you want to go in another direction, just call me Legion.

Yet again, I digress.

In an almost flawless editorial - “The catch-all channel: Don’t mess with the Government Channel” - the NWA Times came down on the side of truth, justice and the American way, in defending issue forums (as they relate to city business) being put on the Government Channel.

I hope that the entire city council reads this, and takes note of their arguments.

The May Telecomm Board meeting will be held this coming Thursday, at 5:30pm, Room 219, City Hall. It won’t be “live,” so if you want to make a comment, you’ll have to attend the meeting.

The only fly in the ointment was the sort of silly reference to some of C.A.T.’s (by name)  shows at the end of the editorial. I don’t know why the Times felt it was necessary to single these particular shows out.

I work with the people who make those shows. You may not like the content, but just as much skill goes into producing them as an FGC production.

Other than that quibble, how do you spell great editorial?

Oh, I just did.

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Just to get the taste of “Space 1999" out of my mouth

Sometimes there are series that only last a handful of episodes, and yet their stories are sung around the campfires of the faithful as long there are cold winter nights, and the young need to be reminded that true horror can still exist on American television - other than having to be a guest on the Bill O'Reilly show, that is.

"American Gothic" was a short-lived series that ran on CBS (1995-96), that has built up a terrific reputation over the years.

Created by Shawn Cassidy of "The Hardy Boys" fame, and produced by Sam Raimi ("Spider-man") it was the story of orphan Caleb Temple (Lucas Black "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift", and his relationship with town sheriff Lucas Buck (Gary Cole "Midnight Caller," ), who may or may not be the boy's father, and who may be the Devil.

Throughout 22 episodes, Sheriff Buck attempted to not only adopt Caleb (for he might actually be his father) but also corrupt the young boy, and truly make him his own. And truth be told, to a certain extent he was successful. Of course, it isn't just young Caleb that Buck wants to corrupt; he's out to seduce and tempt the entire damned town.

And a truly damned town it is, my friends.


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Yes, I can take a hint

The same month my birthday falls in just happens to be National Vinegar Month. I think the universe is trying to tell me something.

rsdrake@nwark.com

 

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