Tuesday, January 03, 2006

New Year's Resolutions 

I know everyone makes these sorts of things and eventually they get away from them, but I have only three simple resolutions that I intend to carry out:

1. Work on getting out of debt. Compared to some, my debts are pretty light, but I am tired of having this money sucked out of my budget each month. I have better things to do with my money than send it to the student loan administrators.

2. Gather information and knowledge about what it would take to start my own business. I am tired of my schedule being chewed up between two employers, whiny backbiting co-workers, and two corporations financial interests working against my own. I have a good idea of where I want to go, I have to gather information and start making some permanent changes.

3. Don't buy another Cincinnati Enquirer or Cincinnati Post. How much competition can two papers give each other when they operate out of the same building and are owned by the same corporation? If the editorials or features aren't irrelevant, then they tend to be ones I disagree with. Hugh Hewitt has a piece here dealing with the pratfalls of the Los Angeles Times and Washington Post over national stories that illustrate their bias. The post was the inspiration for this new year's resolution. Perhaps I should get local here. This past year, the Enquirer ran a huge feature on the state of women's lives here in the city. They published essentially ver batum a loaded "study" that found women weren't doing as well as they could be professionally. I questioned to myself at the time how many homemakers were interviewed in this study. The "solutions", for example, offered NOTHING about the need for stronger marriages to help women's earnings. Finally, the exclusive focus on "women's issues" severely irritated me as a man, husband and father working two jobs about 70 hours a week.

Another "feature" later on in the year was a sob story of a teenage black girl who had been paralyzed by a gunshot wound. The fact she had a child out of wedlock was completely bypassed in the rush to condemn gun violence. Also in their rush to ring their hands over the issue, the papers continually missed the white elephant in the room. There is a lot of gun violence because the Gospel of Jesus Christ hasn't penetrated to the hearts of many, especially young black men.

The same problems that have blinded bigger papers also blinds many of the local scribes as well. My views aren't represented by them. at. all. Hugh is right. They won't change until they are forced to. If it's free, I'll take it. But not one more dime to the newspapers in this town.

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