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By Diogenes (articles ) | Feb 01, 2008

Elderly, Poor Hardest Hit by Switch to Digital TV
-- headline in the Newburyport (MA) Daily News

Dry the starting tear, folks. If the Catholic Campaign for Human Development isn't on the case already, it soon will be.

Tip to James Taranto.

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  • Posted by: - Feb. 03, 2008 7:53 AM ET USA

    The article cited noted that 13% of households in America are not linked to cable or sattelite--an excellent budgetary decision that has kept our family afloat on one teacher's salary for 14 years. Not noted was that about 1% of households in America do not have TV at all--an excellent social and spiritual decision that has kept my family afloat for about the last eight years. There ARE other options: playing a game instead of just watching one, or better still, visiting the elderly and poor.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 02, 2008 1:08 AM ET USA

    Laugh if you like, folks, but this is what happened in my community: Comcast migrated EWTN from the basic channels that analog tv's can receive to a channel that requires a digital tv/converter. We have lots of old people who do not have digital tv's. But Comcast wil be happy to provide them tuners and a higher priced tier of services for a chunk of money! MTV? That's still on basic stations. So is VH1. I'll bet the floor fell out from under EWTN viewership in this area! Not so funny, is it?

  • Posted by: - Feb. 01, 2008 11:21 PM ET USA

    The CCforHD may be off the hook here as far as funding this necessity. There is a Presidential candidate who has promised the public money for just about everything else...maybe HDTV will get added to the list. Of course then we all get to pay for it with our taxes.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 01, 2008 3:06 PM ET USA

    So they're saying that some people might have to choose between watching TV and starving, and they're worried that those people might make the wrong choice? Judging by the tone of the article, I'm not entirely certain they know which choice is right.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 01, 2008 9:59 AM ET USA

    That does it. I'm no longer a one issue voter.