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Emmy Bashing Once Again And A Few Other Tidbits

Last night was the Emmys turn. This annual Fall ritual used to be a bit entertaining because we were familiar with the shows that were up for awards. That was in the days of three television networks and no cable TV.
Since the advent of those services, as well as satellite and HBO, television viewing has become as fragmented as a spilled bowl of chocolate chips.
This year was no exception with awards handed out to a bunch of unfamiliar faces with unfamiliar names who “starred” in a TV series on a network which might have had 100,000 televisions tuned to it. Miss no-name, who has been hanging around television since the 1940s, taking whatever bit parts came her way, finally got to receive an award for one part in one series on a network that nobody saw.
But everybody stood and applauded dutifully, smiling all the way. It proved what great actors some of these people are.
Television still likes to give Emmys to movie stars who made one appearance all year in a mini-series on a pay per view network instead of cultivating its own people. This inferiority complex should end at the television academy.
That way the shows that people actually watch could get some recognition and actors whose names we humble viewers can actually recognize could make the acceptance speeches.
It’s time to separate out the HBOs and Showtimes, as well as the cable networks, in favor of a system that awards each group separately. That would lead to equality in the presentations. It would also cut down on the amount of awards presented on one broadcast and keep the live theater audience awake, and in their seats, until the end of the show.
By the time the Emmys get to the end of the broadcast, you’d think there had been a sale on hotdogs at the concession stands the way the seats empty out. No sense staying around for three hours after you’ve got your award in hand.
The only poignant and dramatic part of the show came with the singing of “Alleluia” as the names of those actors who had passed away were read. It was a moving tribute to folks who truly deserved it.
The other thing that has to go at the Emmys is the insistence that some alternative lifestyle individual will turn the affair into a public forum for homosexuals.
Enough already. Do you have to continually bash us with your gayness? Can’t you just accept your award graciously and bow out the same way? Please!
I know I am a voice crying in the wilderness, but perhaps someone will pick this up from the internet  and pass it on to the powers that be. I’ll keep trying, though,  to get my voice heard.
And I’ll keep tuning in each year.
SPEAKING OF THE INTERNET we have a new format for our pages on the ‘web which should make our newspaper easier to read in this form. We have transformed the pages from what goes on the newsstands to what is on the website too. It makes for a more dramatic effect and lets you find news you want read faster and easier. You also get a look at the ads we have in our paper which will undoubtedly help our advertisers and you.
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MORE CHAMBERS ARE FEELING THE PINCH of government cutbacks. Calexico  has had its budget trimmed tremendously.
A special meeting to discuss shortfalls was scheduled for this week, too late for this edition.
But it would appear they are going to have to rely more on the “private sector” to fund their organization.
“Private sector” is a misnomer thought up by the Reagan Administration 30 years ago.
Everything is paid for by the “private sector,” especially government. That’s what taxes are all about.  When something gets shifted to the “private sector” it is only being transferred from the hand that pays the taxes to the hand that pays the non-profit or charitable group.
And if the “private sector” happens to make a profit, then Uncle Sam is right there to collect his portion for himself anyway.  So where’s the savings? And to whom? It is cause for concern when governments equate passing on expenses as doing away with them. They just shift locations.