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Posts tagged ‘Press & Sun-Bulletin’

Over the Hill and Through the Woods, to Pick up Morning Newspaper

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Shameful lack of delivery by a newspaper which has a rich tradition in Binghamton, NY, but is now being run from the USA Today Network out of town. I hate driving to get the newspaper, but these people are screwing us here in rural Newark Valley and they don’t care, as they have shut down their local office. Thus, I am really happy to listen to my music on a locally-owned radio station like Cool 106.7. I just don’t like hearing an advertisement which indicates you favor of those who like 1980s music and the rest of us, like those in rural Newark Valley who are not getting effective newspaper delivery, are like chopped liver. Don’t give me any excuses about why the Press & Sun-Bulletin is not doing delivery of the newspaper, because there is a hidden agenda of newspaper fat cat executives which began with the 2008 recession and contains a hidden agenda for strategies to destroy print copies of newspapers. It is not a “natural” function of progress. That is a complete lie. Thus, I become happy and positive from listening to Cool 106.7 and hearing about “locally owned.” I wish the Press & Sun-Bulletin were locally owned because what they have done to whittle down the content is what has hurt the newspaper, not printing of print editions. I protest and object to such a fabrication for which too damn many people just accept without question while giving BS about how bad the government and politicians are. The problem is not government. The problem is big fat cats in the younger generation who have centralized control of the supply siders in the same way the communists did to the Soviet Union – centralized control. The difference is that it is NOT the government doing this, as in Moscow of the past. It is actually the opposite with big fat cats and PACs following the words of freaking Reagan (who said “the problem is the government”) who supported supply side economics for the purpose of eliminating regulation by a third-party called the government and ultimately, the monopolization of business which has pushed small locally owned business under the bus. Therefore, I take this time to write to your station and express thanks for being a locally owned radio outlet with music I enjoy listening. But my interests are 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, and less emphasis on 1980s. However, living in centrally controlled America with big business which acts like the communists of the former Soviet Union, I have less choices, so I have to put up with what I hear of people from the 1980s music. Believe it or not, there are others of us who like those other decades, cannot afford SiriusXM (in retirement), and ….. besides SiriusXM eliminated their channel 4 from the 40s, channel 5 from the 50s, etc., and replaced with boring repetitive stuff from one person we might like. I like variety, even if I do like Frank Sinatra or the Beatles, etc. I don’t desire to listen to one station which broadcasts ONLY Frank Sinatra or ONLY the Beatles. BORING! A variety from the 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, etc.We might be smaller numbers, but so what? SO WHAT? We are still alive and deserve music that we enjoy, too. And glory be, but teaching music appreciation in Florida, I discovered that many young people are never given the opportunity to listen to music outside the shallow young people’s herd, so they reject anything which does not conform to their wishes.

With all of this being said and based on what I said about being forced to drive to pick up a newspaper because of the lousy customer service at the Press & Sun-Bulletin (Gannett), I get to listen to Cool 06.7 while I increase my carbon footprint and pollute the atmosphere from my gasoline engine. What I really disdain are the damn little snippets which shallow people think are funny. Being forced to listen (or turn it off) this morning, I heard a statement about getting up and being positive. Driving a car to pick up my newspaper is NOT positive and does NOT start my day off very well. But to listen to a brief statement about, “be positive and don’t listen to the news,” I wanted to turn off your radio station. What a shallow remark to make. The correct statement would be, “be positive by demanding we NOT pay, through high cable television prices, for bloviating political analysis stations like Fox, CNN, or MSNBC, etc.” We are FORCED to pay for these things and that really removes my positive feelings. Listening to events and what is happening in the world, believe it or not, is not entertainment. It has been turned into entertainment and it sucks, especially when we are FORCED to listen to the bloviating lies of some of the politics. Some is NOT lies. Some of it is. But no one differentiates between the truth and lies. As a student of Syracuse University and the Newhouse School of Communications classes, I am speaking out about how bad this has become, but even more so. Rather than 350 channels of crap on cable, give us the opportunity to watch political bloviating, religion, ESPN and sports an opportunity to choose on demand. In days gone by, I chose Syracuse University football on demand by purchasing tickets at Archbald and/or Carrier Dome. I was not forced to purchase ALL sports games with an athletic fee, back in the 1980s. Today, based on the model of cable television, as a graduate student at Florida Atlantic University (FAU), I was FORCED to pay an athletics fee in order to get into any sporting event at FAU for free. And people complain about tuition? Go to hell. Our FAU Graduate Student Government Association failed at getting the message through – the graduate students did not want to go to all games. At SU, I have never held an interest in watching basketball, baseball, lacrosse, or anything else. Just football. Should I be there today and asked to pay an overall athletic fee, I would protest. But no one listens to the people today, only the shallow ones with big mouths get heard – such as those who love the 1980s music, as we hear in your commercials. Whether cable television and paying for a menu of choices as if we pay a restaurant for everything on its menu. But no one makes sense of what I am saying. So, I like learning the news and reading many non-news items in the newspapers. Our visual impairment makes it difficult to read electronic editions, let alone the expense required to make such a technology easy to use while sitting sipping coffee in an easy chair.

I am not going to shut up in this regard and work to reach out to as many people as possible. Because a collective voice does more than one voice. Sure. At FAU, that collective voice against an athletics fee was ignored. But that is not the norm in my life. We in the SGA of SUNY got the assistance of Binghamton Republican Senator Warren Anderson and did, with a collective voice, protect some of the destruction some lawyer-politicians from New York City metro area wanted to push on upstate SUNY colleges. I was part of that collective effort, even if I was not writing and leading the effort. That part was done by the SUNY SGA.

Do I make my point clearly enough? Or is it just going to have holes shot into what I say by unsubstantiated facts and then some lousy conclusions made?

It’s 11 AM Sunday June 6, Do you Know Where Your Print Copies of Newspapers, Delivered to Home, Are?

It is 11 AM Sunday, June 6. Our morning newspapers have not yet been delivered here in the Binghamton, NY, area. We are being treated like shit by fat pigs at the top of the Gannett Corporation which refuses to give us the name and phone number of the person who is mocking us with retribution because we complain. I can only hope that these idiots all go to h-e-double-hockey-sticks. SOBs and lousy human beings who have no concern for fellow Americans.

Update: Gannett Lousy Delivery of Press & Sun-Bulletin (May 24, 2021)

My war with Gannett continues. We received our Press & Sun-Bulletin today by 10 AM. At least we received it in the morning, not the afternoon. Promised delivery time is 8 AM and Gannett is not holding up to its bargain of customer service. I have never experienced such lousy service.

I am happy to say that two representatives of the company have been in touch with me and are promising an improvement. That is a step in the right direction. Hopefully there will be success.

The complaints I hear from the autocratic idiocracy of fat cats and Trumpicans is that the problems stem from unemployment checks which mean nobody wants to work. That is a lie. But what does one expect from Trumpicans? First of all, the stimulus package under the Trumpicans, last year, provided a great deal of money to the autocratic idiocracy of fat cats, rather than to hire more people. Who CAUSED the high unemployment and what were the increases of the fat cats and stockholders with the most money? The statistics are pretty clear about this ripoff of the people. So to blame the workers for being lazy, I have to say the ones to bear the blame are the fat cats and Trumpicans. The Democrats have done nothing but try to alleviate a bad situation when the wrong people at the top received a large increase, sometimes estimates are for more than 100% increases to the big bastard fat cats at the top. Yet the Democrats get blamed? Go to h-e-double-hockey-sticks.

Also, how can Gannett blame the COVID-19 virus for this? They closed their local offices in the Southern Tier BEFORE COVID-19 struck. They were the ones who left a hole in service by disconnecting the local people, perhaps causing UNEMPLOYMENT locally before COVID-19 even struck.

The ones to blame are the sucky wealthy ones at the top. The problem then is in the management. So the workers are to blame? I refuse to accept that explanation.

Newspaper Delivery Problems or a Management Problem? (Part 2)

According to an article in the Press & Sun-Bulletin this morning (May 23, 2021), there is a problem finding delivery people in order to get newspapers delivered. I suppose we are supposed to feel sorry for management, right? Let’s see. Management closed down all the offices of Gannett here in the Southern Tier. No local management, only management from above. Secondly, what would have happened if, as an employee of a corporation, I used an excuse that there is “a problem and I can’t solve it?” I would have been out on my ass in a minute. With the lack of local people to discuss this issue (my letter to the “executive editor” at the Press & Sun-Bulletin was returned as “undeliverable”), I have written to the guy at the top of Gannett, Bob Dickey. Am I supposed to feel sorry for him? Who was it that closed the local New York State offices of Gannett? I’m sorry, but I cannot give a benefit of the doubt on this one. Instead, I feel insulted that a newspaper would close down its local offices here, so that guy at the top can continue to receive huge increases in salaries and then the “lack of workers” being blamed on the Trumpican idiocracy ideas that “unemployment checks” are to blame. As with Trump, perhaps some of these jackasses need to look in the mirror for the problems, not blame others. I am not going to stop on this, even if you call it a rampage. It is insulting in America, today, to put up with this crap.

Newspaper Delivery of the Morning Newspaper

With so many people lacking jobs and income today, why is it that we, the customer of the local MORNING newspaper, Press & Sun-Bulletin, have to tolerate the lack of delivery and/or the delivery of a morning newspaper at 3 PM? Why?

When, as a kid, I delivered the morning newspaper called the Sun-Bulletin, I had the newspaper in the hands of my customers by 5 – 6 AM each morning. It never mattered whether the skies were clear, cloudy, rain coming down, or snow falling. I had the newspaper to my customers early in the morning. I wanted to provide QUALITY service.

How do the big corporate fat cats at Gannett handle this problem? They close the local offices of the Press & Sun-Bulletin, as well as the one for the Ithaca Journal. Everything operated out of Virginia and customer services provided by people with foreign accents. Perhaps these people pick up their phones in India or elsewhere? When someone wishes to cancel the subscription, the answer is to convince them … CONVINCE THE DEMAND SIDE OF THE MARKET… to read the newspaper online. If the newspaper does not get delivered, customer service then tries to convince THE DEMAND SIDE OF A CAPITALIST MARKET to read it online. We on the DEMAND SIDE OF THE CAPITALIST MARKET don’t want waste American energy reading newspapers because the newspapers are not readable for us. Thus, the big fat cats at the top can convince everyone that “no one wants to read the print copy and it costs us too much.” Who does not want to read print copies? It’s the damn fat cats at the top of the corporation. They are like the early days of a young Anakin Skywalker (who later becomes Darth Vader, the evil dark side of the Jedi knights) who would use his powers to CONVINCE people. The big fat cats want to horde money by destroying pensions and benefits of the hard-working folks and then horde the money for the fat cats only. Just like Southern plantation owners. Since the 1970s, fat cats have found their incomes increase exponentially, over 1000%. Hard working people have not seen such an increase, while published print copies of newspapers and books are taken from them.

A claim I have heard, possibly created by lousy accountants whose lips are brown after supporting the fat cats, that circulation of the newspaper no longer helps set the price of advertising. Oh, really. I don’t really believe such BS. If I do believe such BS, I have to ask, then WHO made the change in the newspaper industry that we have arrived at such a circumstance and for what reason was the change made? So as to allow fat cats to horde more money, like an Ebeneezer Scrooge.

No one stands up to this, as I do. But I won’t tolerate the crap. What kinds of retributions should I see, as I criticize and people act like a lousy coward like Donald Trump and attack us, as if there should be no free speech or criticism. Only speech of hatred allowed, right? But absolutely no criticism for making life better for all American citizens, right? Is that where we are today? BS on that.

A morning newspaper at 3 PM. How bizarre. There are three morning newspapers within about equal distance to my home. The Press & Sun-Bulletin, the Ithaca Journal, and the Morning Times of Sayre, PA. The ONLY one to deliver newspapers here, outside of the Sunday edition of The New York Times from NEW YORK CITY, is the Press & Sun-Bulletin. No competition and choice for delivery of a LOCAL daily newspaper. The Morning Times of Sayre, PA, is published six days of the week, as was the Sun-Bulletin, when I delivered it, and Gannett did not own it. But the Morning Times does not deliver to this area and one has to subscribe to it for mail delivery. It arrives several days late. Unlike Gannett, though, the Morning Times is still run at the local level. One can actually call a local office and speak to a human being, not a damn computer with extensive useless sequence through a “menu” of options.

This is just one part of the disgust I feel about American business and the fat cats who horde the money and don’t give one damn about what happens at the local level. As long as they get their pockets lined, these fat cats run a supply side economics which is NOT capitalism which is intended to be supply AND demand, providing choices in the market which give each organization a chance to make money through profits the old fashioned way: “to earn it.”

I am being such a damn conservative when I say this, don’t you know? For the sake of progress, I believe in some conservative methods and principles which have been abandoned by the fat cats who support the Trumpicans. These fat head fat cats are NOT conservative, but a bunch of fascist neo-cons.

There is no thanks to give to fat cats, lawyers, accountants and the other dimwits who allow this all to happen because, with their pockets heavily lined, they can encourage Americans of the Middle Class and below to pit one against the other and can afford really lousy commercials to do it. Shallow commercials. They laugh and think this is all humorous. It is not humorous, including the Trump dimwitted crap about “you’re fired” on a lousy freaking reality show. Shallow crap. Or should I say I need to put on my hip boots to walk through the muck (meaning something else with a different word, but I won’t use that other word).

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