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About 9-11 Editor:

On the morning of 9/11/2001, as they left for work in the Twin Towers, I wonder how many people told their loved ones, "I'll see you tonight after work," not knowing that it was their last day on earth. The events of that day are a sobering reminder that a person is not prepared to live until he is prepared to die. Most of us won't get advance notice of the date of our death.

The Bible says, "It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment." While we are alive, the decision we make regarding faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior from sin will determine our eternal destiny.

Think about it.

Malcolm Howard

Price

Valid explanation Editor:

Reading the letter titled "Another Earthquake" by Robert L. Warren (Sun Advocate, Sept. 6) made me realize that if all of the Tea Party members are this full of hot air we now have a valid explanation of exactly what is causing global warming.

Letters like that one really make me wish the Sun Advocate would do as other newspapers do and put a limit on the amount of words allowed in a letter to the editor. What a waste of valuable paper space.

Doug Trease

Price

Radio decision wrong

Editor:

What the two radio stations in Price and our County Commissioners did to help eliminate our local radio's competition was shameful, and to me a breach of trust.

County Commissioners voted two to one to give our local radio stations two translators previously used by Salt Lake stations. That eliminated KODJ, an oldies station, and I believe the other was KRSP. Old news I guess, but I listened to KODJ almost exclusively. Country music fans now have three choices. You might think that the local radio stations would have then had some consideration for the listening base that KODJ carries by at least putting an oldies format in its place. Nope. Instead we have another country simulcast and on AM we can hear KOAL simulcast their talk format on two stations as well.

I was told that KODJ did poorly here, however, I did look up the radio rankings from Arbitron online which is sort of a Nielson rating for radio. For August, KODJ came in fourth in the Salt Lake, Ogden, Provo area. KRSP rated fifth. KSOP stood at thirteenth. Perhaps one of the radio stations could post the local survey to their website.

I scanned the available FM stations and came up with eleven stations. Country ....three, Adult Contemporary ...two, Rock ... two, New/Talk/Information.... two (three counting the duplication of KOAL, Classical... one, and Spiritual/Christian...one. Six are local now.

I want KODJ back in the mix. I believe there is a relevant base here. I wonder what the outcome of their survey would have been had anyone bothered to advertise their proposed change on KODJ directly. But, they didn't.

I wouldn't be the only one to feel the commissioners ruled for special interests over the broader interests of the people of the community. Two people petitioned the board and they were allowed to markedly limit our right to have a choice. We are now a captive audience, and they have effectively taken away a basic right to choose to listen to other radio stations on a radio. Shame on you guys. I may need clarification, but those translator stations were structured by the FCC for rural areas with limited service so that we could receive other radio stations. They were put in place to benefit the community in that way. The commissioners allowed the local radio stations to navigate around their competition at our expense.

I also have a question. Is all of this advertising that these stations are force feeding us really of significant benefit to the local merchants in that these stations now need six places on the dial? Or can it in the end have a negative effect. I can give a personal perspective. I do not listen to the local radio stations, and yet a large part of our paycheck stays in this community. We shop locally a large percentage of the time. And when I do go "over the hill" I have at least checked for what I need here first.

Because we are a small community we know our merchants. People shop here because they want to. Not because a radio station broadcasts so many commercials that we either zone them out or more often change the channel. And now that option has been limited for us. Taking away our freedom as a community to listen to a variety of music from competing stations isn't going to influence anyone for the better.

Cindy O'Neil

Wellington

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