Question: Is there anyone left in this country that is either ignorant of, or unprepared for, the DTV switch next month?
Answer: Who cares! They will find out soon enough and can decide (freedom of choice!) what, if anything, to do about the change in their lives. Why is it that Congress feels it must hold the hand of every couch potato in the country? Incredible that our 'dear leaders' are wasting oxygen over this one...they have dug themselves a hole. Now, no matter what Congress does, they will mess up the DTV transition. Ms. Chung, president and chief executive officer of Self Help for the Elderly in San Francisco says it best: "Whatever day Congress decides, we'll work around that..."
The New York Times, also turning couch potatoes into victims, has this to say:
Vesta Clemmons, who is 77 and lives alone, relies on the battered Zenith television in her tiny apartment here as more than just a lifeline to the outside world...for those older and low-income viewers like Ms. Clemmons who still use set-top rabbit ears or rooftop antennas to pull in images of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” or “The Young and the Restless,” the switchover to digital television has often proven a bewildering and cumbersome burden.The photo of Vesta is Priceless, she is a refined woman of obvious taste and style, she is no shut-in. Matter of fact, Vesta's preferred music: Pink Floyd, Ozzy Osbourne and Nine-Inch Nails. Folks, you don't develop a taste for the metal without a little help from your friends.
But, who is that in the picture with Vesta? Why it is Meals-On-Wheels delivering a digital converter box!:
For several months now, drivers and volunteers for the Houston-area program have been delivering and installing digital converter boxes for its clients — as a side dish alongside the baked chicken and stewed peaches that are their usual fare. Ms. Clemmons’s turn came last week.
The thousand points of light... our citizens helping each other, without congressional action. We know the right thing to do.
And BO-44 is also proposing delay. You know what would make me proud: if BO were to say "The country cannot afford to delay progress. My Fellow Citizens, I encourage each one of you to call your friends, to call your family, and to reach out to your new neighbors, your old neighbors, your tired neighbors and your shut-in neighbors to aid them during this transition. We will not delay; nay, the thousand points of light will shine, and together we will do without delay, without further expense."
(P.S. The House can and probably will still screw-up the DTV transition next week with a simple majority vote, all in the name of defense of the helpless couch potato victims of course. Won't someone think of the couch potatoes, please?)