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July 29th, 2012
12:10 PM ET

Media Monitor- July 29

CNN's president steps down, the Washington Post clamps down on source approval and the New York Times writes a questionable obituary of Sally Ride.

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  1. JamiEllen

    Hi. I completely agree with TV Gord. Entertainment Weekly just had an article on this subject earlier this month (http://popwatch.ew.com/2012/07/02/anderson-cooper-new-art-of-coming-out/). We are moving into a different era Howie – come on along. 🙂

    July 29, 2012 at 7:11 pm | Reply
  2. TV Gord

    While I understand your point about Sally Ride, Howie, don't you think we're approaching the time when sexuality isn't as relevant as it used to be? Maybe that's part of the legacy that she wanted to leave: that since the days of Ellen's, "Yep, I'm Gay", headline on the cover of Time Magazine, Ride's headline in 2012 would be, "Oh, By The Way...".

    We're living in a time when plenty of notable people aren't "coming out", anymore. Actors such as Zachary Quinto and Jim Parsons didn't make announcements; their sexuality just came up incidentally in print interviews. Even Anderson Cooper's email to a reporter was just an acknowledgment of what a lot of people already knew, anyway.

    I think the way Sally Ride told the world who she loved is a real sign of the times.

    July 29, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Reply
    • Hriday

      that he wants to make certain serivces essential serivces. Wake Up!To the owner of this blog. Please note that your comments box does not show all the text at the end of or beginning of a line. Also, there is no, stretch/enlarge the window tab in the lower right corner. It sure would make proof reading ones post a lot easier. P.S. The above also includes Bus Drivers.Steve: I am not sure what era your brother-in-law worked in, but one important change on all vehicles was the conversion to Recarro seats as a way of combatting back injuries. Oddly enough, the problems are worse on buses that must travel on badly paved roads. A friend of mine reported two operators being transferred off of Dufferin because they were pregnant. Without question there is stress in driving on roads with busy traffic, and the streetcars see the worst of this.On the subject of overtime, I must say that this is voluntary, although there's lots of it available. People complain about TTC staff including operators and station collectors showing up on the sunshine list of those earning over $100k/year. That's how they do it.Finally, as to union leadership, that's an issue for the members of the union. If the members feel that the union is representing them well, but are concerned about compensation and benefits, that has nothing to do with City or TTC budgets. I don't have a problem with making the TTC an essential service, but with this comes an end of anyone being able to complain about the evil unions. They will have to start complaining about evil arbitrators. Be careful what you wish for.Just because an arbitrator gives a union, say, 3%, this does not mean that the city has to raise funding to match. The result could be some combination of increased fares or poorer service and maintenance. We will hear about squeezing the fat out of the organization, but even assuming there was, say, 10% that would never be missed, once you make those cuts, what is left is subject to annual inflation or a decline in service.Meanwhile, the TTC faces a provincially mandated cost of topping up its pension reserves, and this could add substantially to the TTC budget over the next decade. That is an issue for Queen's Park, and they have been quite silent on the matter even though the TTC has pursued it for some time. There are villains and heroes everywhere those who paint things as all the union's fault, or all Miller's fault, or all Ford's fault don't know their history, and are doomed to making simplistic, unworkable solutions .On the subject of comment formatting: I am using Firefox, completely up to date, running on Windows XP, and the comment box works just fine. I pasted your entire comment into it and it was properly set in paragraphs with no spill outside the box. Adjustment handles are not necessary because the text in the box should auto-format to stay inside the boundary.

      November 11, 2012 at 4:35 am | Reply

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