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Mary McNeil

Despite Dear Leader's concern about what might happen to the monuments to Washington and Jefferson, no one has mentioned that there are no monuments to them in England.

Richard John Marcej

You hit upon two points that made me want to make (unfortunately for you) a long reply today

• I was 10 years old when “All In The Family” debuted and it soon became not only appointment viewing for me & my family every week, but also one of my favorite shows of all time. Even at that young age I never saw Archie as a hero, in fact, if anything I believe I learned a lot from that sitcom and it helped shape me into a person who I came to be. Someone who never accepted racism & bigotry and searched out understanding diversity and differences in others. At that young age I understood that people who acted and supported the ideology of Archie Bunker were idiots and why the hell would I want to think like an idiot?

This probably goes against the point you and Arlo & Janis (continues to be one of my favorite strips these days) are making today, but…

• In the late 70’s early 80’s I remember reading how the networks (ABC, CBS & NBC) hated the family hour edict and frankly, I never understood why. I’m sure it’s because they didn’t want to be told what they could air and when, but frankly, IMO, it was very short sighted. I believe they could have negotiated with the FCC (or the powers that be) to change the TV landscape to something like this:

The networks should have embraced the family hour. They should have insisted that all programming from 8-9 (EST) be suitable for all ages (that goes not only for programming but for commercials as well)
BUT- by agreeing to do that, the caveat would be that they be allowed to air shows during the 9-10 (EST) hour of the G to PG rated fare. On the premise that most of if not all young children would be in bed by that time. Which would lead to the 10-11 (EST) hour of programming. During this hour the networks would air shows that run from G to PG to R rated shows.

By simply complying and working to program for all audiences during the first hour of prime time we could have had some excellent shows on free TV during that last hour (the adult hour?). “Sopranos” or “The Wire” or others of that ilk could have aired during that hour on the networks only if they’d continued to make shows like “Little House on the Prairie” and “The Waltons” and air them on the family hour.


Actually, there is a statue of Washington in London. In Trafalgar Square. Surprised me too.



Benedict Arnold has such an interesting story. All he wanted (rightly or wrongly) was to be recognized for his contributions. He might not have turned coat if the Americans had indulged his ego just a bit. I highly recommend "The Notorious Benedict Arnold" for anyone who is curious about him.

sean martin

There is a particular blogger I follow just because he amuses me (and not in a good way). He's one of these "let me show you the way to self-help and finding your passion" people, and one day he posted a list of ten things you can do to get more eyes on your firewall-protected blog. The first was "always make sure there's a four letter word in the headline" — and he didnt mean "love" or "soup".

Every since then, when the mood strikes, I'll post a comment along the lines of "Well, s***, Jon! Because, you know, s***! And — well, s***! Because, ultimately, it's all just s***!" — of course spelling it out. When he's had enough, he blocks me, and I find another email, and away we go again... until he finally tracked me down on Facebook and demanded to know why I was so "abusive" in my comments to his otherwise ever-so-helpful articles, to which I replied that I was merely following his guidelines to make sure he noticed my comments.

He didnt like that very much. LOL

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