Good To Know
Tuesday night’s Good to Know got a lot of response. It was about why candidates for office this November aren’t talking about energy policy. So Don Shelby, opens the mailbag for some reaction.
As Election Day draws near, there is a certain subject that politicians are afraid to broach. The subject is energy policy. Don Shelby says somebody in leadership ought to start talking, right now.
Washington Post columnist George Will wrote a column Sunday featuring Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty in the subject line. The subtext was Pawlenty’s Presidential aspirations. Don Shelby says, Will covered familiar ground, and stepped over some fertile soil.
National Public Radio has fired news analyst Juan Williams after Williams appeared on a Fox News broadcast and shared a personal opinion about Muslims and airplanes. Now Republicans are saying it was censorship, and want public funding of NPR stopped. Don Shelby says the debate over Williams’ words has gone beyond what he said.
Last night’s Good to Know received a lot of negative responses. It was about a Senate debate in Delaware between Tea Party candidate Christine O’Donnell and Chris Coons, a Democrat. O’Donnell indicated in her remarks that the separation of church and state didn’t appear in the Constitution. Don Shelby has a follow up for the critics.
The election is just around the corner, and this year’s field is filled with people who want the job but have little to no experience. Don Shelby says, at a debate in Delaware today, it showed.
There is interesting news out of Wall Street. Google, the internet search engine, blew past all projections and drove stocks higher than expected. Don Shelby says Google and its kind may become more powerful than we can imagine.
TV news usually won’t dwell on the reporting of suicides. But the loss of two Minnesota ninth graders in these woods is among the exceptions, because their deaths seem so unusual to us. In Good To Know, Don says kids killing themselves are an all too common story these days.
A new study that looks into “screen time” in teenagers has found some disturbing trends among kids who spend their free time in front of a TV or computer. Don Shelby says, the research scares those who thought physical activity offset the damage.
There have been several man-made disasters in the news this year — the worst oil spill in U.S. history in the Gulf and, now, in Hungary a toxic industrial spill that has ruined cities and may ruin one of the world’s great rivers. Don Shelby says the world needs resources. But is pollution just part of the equation we must accept?
British scientist Robert Edwards won the Nobel Prize for his work on in vitro fertilization, which led to the first so-called “test tube baby,” Louise Brown. Don Shelby says the Vatican is upset with the Nobel committee’s choice.
The United States Supreme Court has taken a case that pits two competing and important interests. The decision they will make in the case will be historic, one way or the other. Tonight, Don tells us the story of “Snyder V. Phelps.”
Every newscast we do, or anyone ever does, includes some story about somebody being arrested. After awhile, they seem to sound the same. Don Shelby says, not this one. You be the judge.
The floods are in the news, and something seems amiss. Springtime is flooding time. All this rain in the fall is unusual. Don Shelby says that’s why they call it global climate change.
The Great Recession has had the effect of letting the rich get richer and the poor get poorer, according to a recently released study. Don Shelby says that’s no longer breaking news. But one class of worker is seeing a lot less business.