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John Stossel Newsletter
Newsletter via email | June 19 | John Stossel

Posted on 06/19/2003 5:53:01 PM PDT by cd jones

From the newsletter: ============================

Hi. We're back! No more interruption for basketball.

Friday we have a story about women having their "virginity restored" through plastic surgery, an interview with publicity-shy Johnny Depp; and a report on how Congress has equipment to prepare itself against a WMD attack, but the firefighters and cops who will first respond first don't.

Then my column looks at the arrogant "planners" in New York City who are forcing store owners to pay big fines because they dared put "illegal" things on awnings. Did the stores use obscenities? No. They used things like the words: "Free Delivery," or a phone number. That's against the rules. It's ridiculous; the city's chaos of colorful signs makes the city interesting. But the rules go on for thousands of words. No storekeeper understands them. Some City inspectors don't even seem to understand them. The rules aren't enforced evenly. Wrong neighborhood — you're out of luck. The smug planners' solution? Even more rules. Give me a break.

Some of your e-mails from my story on spying on kids:

"I found the so-called parental love and supervision through the use of kiddie cam voyeurism appalling and disgusting. To have cameras spying on children and teenagers in the privacy of their bedrooms is manipulative, controlling and perverse in every sense. There are always exceptions of course where the use of a camera is necessary for an individual who is sick and bedridden, for an infant in a crib, or for the security of a household in a common room area. But having a camera in young person's bedroom in order to spy and monitor them verges on child abuse, voyeurism and perversity." Carol Richter, Lake Stevens, Wash.

"You hit your viewers over the head with so many images of "bad teens" that by the time you "defend" them any integrity of the teen is lost. What you apparently don't realize (or don't care about) is that … you hide what teenagers really do and prey on parents' overwhelming paranoia. I don't suppose that there was much of a chance of showing students helping neighbors mow their lawns or participating in government. I understand it won't get the ratings you want but dammit, it's the right thing to do!" Jordan Jelinek, Sheboygan, Wis.

"The show screens here in Sydney at 5 a.m., and I never miss it. Our countries may be worlds apart, but let me tell you the issues you target are pretty much the same here as over there, so keep up the good work. Best regards from Down Under." Peter Boulter, Sydney, Australia I love hearing from you. Please e-mail me back or weigh in about Friday's column on my message board at ABCNEWS.com.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: 60minutesii; stossel

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