The Daily Star, Oneonta, NY - otsego county news, delaware county news, oneonta news, oneonta sports

Columns

July 15, 2008

Travels with Uncle Chet: Obama can bring order to wild U.S.

— With a hearty "Hi yo, Silver, away!'' the Lone Ranger and his pale steed thunder across our television screen to the cavalry charge of the William Tell Overture.

We have the first nine episodes of this classic and start with the first, as the Texas Rangers strive to bring law and order to a wild country. They're riding over arid plains, a posse closing in on a terrorist band, and we're transported to the battles of yesteryear.

I haven't seen this for 50 years, and I'm surprised I still like it. Was this a kids show? I look and our kids are rapt, watching closely as a traitor among the Rangers leads them into a trap. They ride into a boxed canyon, where the outlaws are taking aim with rifles from the rim. As the lawmen rein in their horses, gaze up to absorb their fate, Buddy slides closer to his big sister on the couch.

Then the gang opens fire, and one by one, the Rangers drop in a hail of lead.

``This is pretty violent,'' says Hon.

``No real gore, though. No close-ups,'' I say.

``Which is good, because I can watch it,'' says Alice.

``When was it made?'' asks Uncle Chet, and I retrieve the DVD case, but reading it is impossible with my glasses on. And if I take them off I won't be able to see as one ranger, gravely wounded, survives. Hours later, minutes in TV time, he's crawling toward water when he's found by his old friend, Tonto, a Native American hunter.

Tonto dresses the white man's wounds, nurses his friend back to health and buries the other Rangers. When the lone survivor regains his strength, he vows to catch the outlaws and others who prey on the innocent.

Text Only
Big Chuck D'Imperio

Cary Brunswick

Chuck Pinkey
Guest Column
Lisa Miller

Mark Simonson

Rick Brockway
Sam Pollak
William Masters
  • Schreibman tops Chris Gibson on women's issues

    As the time to vote draws near, we need to remember how money can run politics more than we can. Raising funds is a prominent (if not the dominant) task of getting elected. Raising issues is also crucial, but those efforts are subject to distortion and fear-mongering.

    September 18, 2012

  • Republicans feelentitled to allthey can garner

    An entitlement is a legal benefit available from the government to individuals who are within a defined category of recipients, such as needing insurance for unemployment or health services.

    September 4, 2012

  • Romney focuses on self; Obama emphasizes unity

    Mitt Romney criticizes President Obama for saying a person's success is rooted in his community, and is not all his alone. Romney belittles this with his belief in individual initiative. He is better at the put-down than the push-up.

    August 21, 2012

  • Romney shows little regard for common man

    The Republicans in Congress have voted over and over, 33 times, redundantly and uselessly, to rescind what they call Obamacare.

    August 7, 2012

  • Scouts' gay ban creates problem where none exists

    The Boy Scouts of America's "emphatic reaffirmation" of its vow to exclude any and all homosexuals from its hallowed ranks is ill-considered and pathetic, especially in view of its having reviewed the matter for two years.

    July 24, 2012

Additional Content
Join the Debate
Helium
Additional Resources
CNHI News Service
Poll

Are your taxes going to be done on time?

Yes, they're all finished
I should make it in under the wire
No, I'm late
No, I'm filing an extension
I'm not filing a tax return
     View Results