Monthly Archives: December 2012

‘Fiscal cliff’ to dominate discussion

It might be a good time tonight to tune in to PBS to listen to whether we’re heading over the so-called “fiscal cliff.” KACV-TV will broadcast two programs back to back, beginning at 6 p.m. The PBS NewsHour runs in the first hour. This is just a hunch, but I’ll bet the reporters and their […]

State got this one very wrong

Michael Morton knows what it means to wear a label unjustly. The label he wore for 25 years was that of “murderer.” He spent a quarter-century in a Texas prison — sentenced for a crime he didn’t commit. He’s out of prison now and is becoming a prison-reform advocate. Evan Smith, editor in chief of […]

Recalling an earlier school tragedy

Kip Kinkel is a household name in the southern Willamette Valley of Oregon. But don’t expect a resident of the region to utter a kind remark about a young man who, as a teenager, committed a heinous act of violence. The PBS program “Frontline” revisited a horrific event recently — which was aired on KACV-TV […]

‘Smart TV’ takes on new meaning

Have you been the electronics/gizmo store and seen the boxes labeled “smart TV”? They tell customers that the contents enable you to do all kinds of cool things with the television that’s packed inside. It’s kind of like “smart phones,” right? Well, there’s another take on smart TV. PBS on Friday night pre-empted its regular […]

Making sense of the madness

Americans are still reeling. It’s been nearly a week since a madman blasted his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., and left 20 first- and second-graders, along with six teachers, in his murderous wake. The nation is trying to make sense of what it cannot yet grasp. Why did this killer commit […]

‘Tis the season to learn about it

We live in a region that wears its spirituality on its sleeve. Thus, the next “Frontline” program, to be aired Tuesday night on KACV-TV, ought to get and hold our attention — as it should. “From Jesus to Christ, Part 1” will examine the life of the man Christians are honoring in this season. Christmas […]

Seeking our first freedom

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution contains several components: freedom of religion, freedom of assembly, freedom to complain about our government and freedom of the press. Which freedom did the Founders list first? Religion. And over the years, the freedom of religion has taken its place as arguably the most important right we have […]