Growing older just part of life

Our culture seems to put a premium on youth and beauty. Television commercials are flooded with products that supposedly keep us young-looking. Plastic surgery is “in,” all the way to face-lifts, chin lifts and nose jobs. Please don’t get me wrong. I think we should try to look our best but to be preoccupied with […]

Real education comes after school

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Know what I hate about back to school? The superficial commercials that try to make school seem so cool and hip by showing kids rapping and dancing in the latest fashions. You have to have the right shoes, the right look, the right gadget, IPod, IPhone, laptop and designer shirts […]

Prediction: Commercials overtake television in ‘06

Jim Lee: Local Columnist Well, it seems like only yesterday it was last year, doesn’t it? Not only that, in a couple of months it will be three years since starting this column. A lot has happened since that first column appeared on March 16, 2003. Since then, our country got itself into another undeclared […]

Television has just gotten too commercial

By Jim Lee How many of us remember “pay TV?” Probably the closest ancestor to cable service, the concept of pay TV was simple: Subscribe for a small monthly fee to improve reception and get rid of commercials, maybe even get an uninterrupted movie now and then. The best part of it was getting rid […]

Viewers should demand more from TV viewers

Jim Lee Well, here we are at the end of March. Another month has passed without the world going to Helena in a handcart — the good people of Montana must feel relieved. Putting such silliness aside, I need to bring up this week’s topic: Mongolian ant farms. However, a brief spasm of research advises […]

FCC should put more restrictions on commercials

Jim Lee Since I happen to enjoy football, and I also happen to be a grandfather, I should write about the first day of the NFL season or Grandparents Day. Both occasions do fall on the same day this year. But that was last Sunday, so I’ll write about something else. Had you fooled for […]