Monday, June 06, 2005

Editorial Insanity

For those of you who are still blissfully unaware, I live in the city of Altoona, Pennsylvania. The main news-radio station is 1240 AM WRTA. I like this station; in fact I linked them over there on the sidebar. They have a nice morning program followed by three hours of local talk divided between three hosts, with Limbaugh, Hannity, Savage, and then Colmes to take you through the afternoon and evening. ABC News and Fox News keep you informed every half hour. All in all, it is a decent station.

WRTA reworked their website within the past year. It is now actually pretty nice, with classified ads and crosswords and local news links; all in all what you could expect from a respectable news station's web site.

The only drawback to this site is their "Letters to the Editor" section, which is routinely filled with garbage from barely literate people. Unlike newspapers, which will generally only print coherent and well-written letters, WRTA apparently posts everything they receive.

Take for instance this "letter" which is so incredibly bad I think it gave me cancer.

I first want to start off by asking this question to all those that read this editorial do you know that Altoona has a sweat shop? if you said no you didnt know that well than im gonna explain we have a sweat shop that is ran by an organization that says they are trying to help out those who are mentally challenged and have disabilities yet this organization does not even pay these mentally challenged people minimum wage so the companies that use this organization are using a sweat shop they get cheap labor from those people that can not defend themselves its time we the people stand up for those that can not defend themselves and protect them from those predators that seem to think they can get cheap labor in this country by skirting around the laws that say we have to have a minimum wage the Government is just as much as at fault as this organization is they help this organization by giving them funding to keep this sweat shop going its time America stops blasting other countries for sweat shops when we have a sweat shop right in the heart of our city.

Holy Ford Almighty! What kind of editorial staff would allow Joel Walters make such a complete ass of himself? Let's only hope that his case of the stupids isn't contagious. The best part of this whole assemblage of mostly words is that I, as a resident of Altoona, have nary a clue what the hell he is talking about. Seriously. Not a clue. Thanks, Joel, for telling us exactly what organization you are "writing" about.

Shame on WRTA for allowing this drivel to get through the system and infect my eyes and brain with its nauseating horror.


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