Issuu on Google+ Vol. XXI, No. 11 | November 2012 Editorial The Declining State of Media How many of us get most of our news via television? Some will say all; others, a small portion. In any case, most of us have noticed a subtle, but dramatic change. Turn on your 5, 10 or 11 o’clock news from the major channels and what do you get? Blood and Guts: someone shot someone else in the outskirts of San Diego, a house burned down in Chula Vista, hold-up at a donut shop in Imperial Beach. And worst of all, “Breaking News” with a helicopter trailing a car chase into Tijuana. If you ever called the TV station to complain about the quality of news, their response is “We don’t feature news, we feature entertainment.” In other words, entertainment is now cloaked under the guise of news. An official of one of the five leading TV stations said that “blood sells, news does not.” And if blood sells, that attracts more advertisers. More advertisers mean more revenue. More revenue means the parent company gets to dictate the direction of what is being telecast. And the direction is not good. How we, as seniors, yearn for the past newscasters: Walter Cronkite, Edward R. Murrow, Lowell Thomas, Chet Huntley/David Brinkley, Dan Rather, John Cameron Swayze and Tom Brokaw to name just a few. All of us received vital news from them EDITORIAL, CONTINUED ON PAGE 3 Our lush landscape, a major appeal at OHCC. Right, Tom Hogan monitoring water central. OHCC Blunt Higher Water Rates During the past year, efforts to conserve water is now beginning to pay off, this according to Tom Hogan, OHCC Landscape Director. Faced with a 6% higher water rate from Oceanside for the coming year, Tom feels that with our 20% cutback on water usage, landscape changes on Cannon Road and at the Park and the 80 newly installed sensors located throughout the golf course, our water costs could remain about the same. The new ground sensors from Turf Guard can relay temperature, moisture and salinity information every five minutes to a central control in Tom’s office. With this information, he can take immediate action in the event there is a rise in temperature and salinity or a drop in moisture. During the hottest two weeks of August, the sensors indicated there was no need for watering of the golf course. This represented a savings of 5,614 units or $12,000. (One unit of water equals 748 gallons.) While the final figures of water usage at Cannon Road are not in, Tom estimates a savings of 90% to 95% in that area alone. WATER RATES, CONTINUED ON PAGE 3 The Village Voice is a publication of the OHCC Journalism Club

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