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Letters to the Editor

March 20, 2014

In Your Opinion: Reality is better than reality TV

There are indeed many alternatives to cable television, as Monday’s (March 10) front page article makes clear. However, the article did not mention a most fulfilling and delightful alternative: interaction with living, breathing, real human beings.

There is nothing objectionable about unwinding at the end of a long day with a favorite TV show, but nothing can beat sharing a meal and getting to know neighbors. Since moving to Oneonta in November, we have reserved several nights a week for dinner with company. Friends from work, from church, and people we happen to meet have joined us in our half-unpacked, slightly messy home for a simple meal and conversation. Many of our guests comment about how much they have enjoyed these humble get-togethers.

I fear that many of us today have been lured into isolating habits of passive “entertainment” on TV and the Internet, when we could be finding genuine community with our neighbors. There was a time when “entertainment” meant meeting people face-to- face, as in “to entertain guests.” Now the word most often refers to staring at the screen of an electronic device.

Since November, my family has had neither cable TV nor home Internet, mostly to save a bit of money. Frankly, we have not missed it all that much. Our new neighbors and friends are far more interesting than the latest cat-dancing viral video, or “reality” TV program. My family “cut the cable” and our lives are richer for it!

Thank you for keeping The Daily Star in print despite competition from digital news sources. You provide an important service for our local community.

The Rev. Chandler Poling


The Rev. Poling is a pastor at St. Innocent Orthodox Church in Oneonta.

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