PD Editorial: Thumbs up, thumbs down

  • Members of the Rolling Bones team cross the finish line as Justin Cottle waves the checkered flag during the Great Handcar Regatta in Santa Rosa, California on Sunday, September 25, 2011. (BETH SCHLANKER/ The Press Democrat)

Thumbs up: A victory for hometown media

Going into last week, Santa Rosa city officials recommended pulling funding for the Community Media Center of the North Bay and bringing many of its functions, including broadcasting City Council meetings, in house. That would have forced the closure of the 17-year-old media center next to Santa Rosa High School. But the City Council would have none of it on Tuesday night, encouraging staff to instead come back with a plan that would keep the center open and ensure the continuation of public access programming.

Granted, many changes have occurred in the past two decades in terms of local video production. But it's disappointing that with the hundreds of channels now available on cable TV, few offer local programming. We don't know what the long-term solution is. But we know that killing the media center and expanding the workforce at City Hall to take over its functions is not the answer.

Thumbs down: Hurry up and wait

The national Boy Scouts organization satisfied no one with its non-decision Wednesday on ending the exclusion of gay youngsters from its ranks and gay adults from leadership positions.

Citing "the complexity of this issue," Scouting leaders said they weren't prepared to act on a proposal to allow local troops to decide for themselves.

In our eyes, the issue is straightforward. Studies have repeatedly shown that there isn't any link between sexual orientation and pedophilia, so excluding gays doesn't advance the goal of protecting children from predators. That's why many troops already ignore the ban. Recognizing that would be a small step toward inclusion. Waiting only fuels needless controversy.

Thumbs down: One power outage explained

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