Letters to the Editor

Viewer pulls plug on cable

Like so many sports fan around the country, I sat down to watch the alleged "next Nolan Ryan," Steven Strasburg, pitch on TBS. His major league debut last week has so taken on a life of its own, that it was announced that TBS would pre-empt its scheduled nationally televised game between better teams to broadcast the game between two natural-born losers because of the interest created in the young phenom, Strasburg. Guess what TBS was showing, instead of baseball: the exact same thing that was on HLN.

Now, anyone in this area who wanted to see HLN could have turned on HLN if they had become addicted to Nancy Grace; because HLN is just as free as TBS is, and the TV Guide Channel had advertised that the game would be broadcast.

Why in the world would Time Warner do this?

Well, Time Warner couldn't answer that seemingly simple question beyond saying the game was being shown in Columbia. Great consolation. Their customer service representative couldn't even explain. Didn't someone have to make the decision on what programming would be shown to the small remainder of the country that was being deprived of the scheduled broadcast?

So, I did the only thing I could that was still in my power: canceled all the premium packages to which I subscribed, depriving them of most of my $100-plus monthly cable bill. I will look into a satellite system and the possibility of alternate computer hookup service.

While not exactly as important as Plugging the Hole, or reversing ObamaCare, I could hit them in the pocketbook, perhaps the only language that they understand.

And I feel pretty good about it.

The writer lives in North Myrtle Beach.