Monday, March 24, 2014

Free event about discussing a taboo subject

This event is something anyone could benefit from - whether for ourselves or an aging parent, grandparent, or other loved one.

Eye on Oshkosh now on You Tube

The first episode of the Eye on Oshkosh relaunch show is now uploaded on You Tube. You can see it by following this link. And while on You Tube, why not subscribe to the Eye on Oshkosh channel. That way each time a new episode is added, you'll be among the first to know - automatically.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Largest ever U.S. fraud phone scam claims it is IRS calling

These days we hear about one scam after another, it seems. Well now, the Internal Revenue Service is the subject, if you will, of a fraud scam which has targeted thousands and is ripping people off for millions. But if you get a call from someone saying they're the IRS your guard should go up and you should not indulge in a conversation with them. Read more by following the link.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Eye on Oshkosh returns to the air

After being absent from the local cable airwaves for just a little over one year, Eye on Oshkosh is returning to the cable access TV lineup during the last week of March 2014.

Many will recall that this award-winning CATV show had been on-the-air for 10 years prior to going off in early 2013. As I indicated then, some of the lives for my crew members were changing and I was taking on a professional project that was going to require a fair amount of time. Naturally, I missed doing the show and being a part of viewers’ lives, but at that point continuing didn’t seem like a real viable option.

But during the last year I can’t tell you how many people told us how much they missed the show and asked if we were coming back. Even though I ultimately finished my one project, I still had no crew, and really had very little time to try finding anyone. But then, in January I was approached by a friend who said he would help get me crew members. A few other people have also stepped up to say they’d like to help. So, now, due to some very generous offers of help with staffing and juggling my own schedule a bit, it has become possible for us to come back. There are some changes that you may notice as the show is re-launched, however, but I believe that most of them – specifically technical and programming changes – will be for the better.

The first and foremost change is a new crew. While I will miss the folks I had with for so many years both in front of the camera and behind, I have deep gratitude for those new folks I will now be working with and the talents they are bringing to the table. I have every confidence we’re going to be able to turn out a wonderful production, once again. In addition to the new crew, we will have new replay times. Time Warner Cable viewers in Oshkosh can now catch the hour-long show at the following times: Tuesday 11 am, Friday 10 pm, and Saturday 8 pm, with the very first replay happening on Tuesday, Mar. 25. Charter Communications viewers outside the Oshkosh area will have to defer to their cable access provider in that area for replay times.

Another new thing this time around is that the show will run for two weeks instead of just one week. That will hopefully allow folks more of an opportunity to catch the show when it airs. But for those who may miss it, or who don’t have digital cable, the show will also be available on You Tube. And, as always, we will still offer other news or interesting things affecting people in and around the Oshkosh area on www.eyeonoshkosh.com or on our Facebook page (search for Eye on Oshkosh at www.facebook.com).

As in the past, we welcome show ideas or guest suggestions. We also encourage people to send us press releases and other news information they want us to pass along to viewers and visitors of our sites. The address for doing that is eyeonoshkosh@gmail.com.

We are happy to be back and thank the folks at Oshkosh Community Media Services and its Friends of OCMS for their encouragement and assistance with our return. We look forward to hearing from you and, in the meantime, will be keeping our “Eye on Oshkosh.”

Thursday, March 06, 2014

"Bagging" the plastic

For anyone concerned about the environment, this editorial from the Chicago Tribune will be of interest.

Fretting over "stuff"

Is it possible to have too much "stuff?" I guess it depends for each individual, just as it depends on how much is enough. But whether you have a little or a lot, this editorial gives us each something to think about.

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Why I'm boycotting the Olympics

Let me just rant for a bit here, okay? Anyone who knows me knows I am an animal lover and animal welfare advocate. So my rant shouldn't surprise anyone. Here the government of the city of Sochi, Russia is hiring a company to "exterminate" strays roaming around because they don't want the appearance of strays or the concerns strays might present with the Olympics about to unfold. By the way, there is a petition circulating here http://www.thepetitionsite.com/972/019/713/2000-street-dogs-and-cats-will-be-killed-for-the-olympic-games-in-sochi-in-2014/ for people to sign to try stopping this, and it will be forwarded to president Vladimir Putin. This action is one of the most appalling and abhorrent things I've seen in some time. If the Russian government is so concerned about its image, I would think it would have some of the more important things in order for the games and those there to participate in and cover the event.

I am talking about hotels that aren't finished and rooms that aren't ready to go; brown water that comes out of the faucets; toilets where you're unable to flush toilet paper down and instead have to put the used paper in a stand-alone receptacle; manholes on the sidewalks that don't all have covers on them; and so on. The Russian powers that be have had 5 years and spent between $51 and $53 million dollars on this event and with all this yet to do and the news reports and tweets going out all over the place from people experiencing these conditions, they're instead worried about rounding up and killing stray dogs and cats. RIDICULOUS and HIGHLY SHAMEFUL!!

No disrespect to the athletes who have trained so hard for this moment, but with all this going on, coupled with Russia's well-publicized stance on human rights, gay rights, animal rights, and environmental issues, I will be boycotting the games and encourage others to do the same, especially if you care about these issues.