The Wright Response - December 5, 2013

By: Mike Wright Email
By: Mike Wright Email
Remembering the hungry in our region and a community leader who passed on, and some viewer comments.  They all make up this edition of the Wright Response.

KBTX General Manager, Mike Wright

While I take all e-mails seriously, some I find a bit humorous, especially when KBTX has no real control over what CBS airs.

There is a degree of truth in this note from RB:

"Kmart commercial with chorus line of guys shaking their lob-lollies. Bad taste on Kmart's part (My money goes elsewhere this Christmas season). Bad judgment by KBTX's management to allow on the air (10 o'clock - Time to change the channel)."

This commercial aired just prior to our 10pm Newscast and originated from the network. I'm not saying the ad isn't in bad taste. But we really can't control what the network sends at the end of one of their shows, and I can't review all national commercials before they air. I'll share this note with CBS, and they are surprisingly responsive to such comments from affiliate stations and viewers like R-M. But to turn off KBTX for something over which we had no control? And - my money goes elsewhere as well, since I'm not even sure where the nearest K-Mart is located. Last I saw it is now a Tractor Supply. Not sure what a lob-lolly is, but - that was kinda funny.

KBTX is often chastised for censoring comments we deem to be inappropriate, those made on-line and posted for all to see.

One poster wrote:

"No free speech here! Expect to get flagged and removed if your comment does not support or condone the gay lifestyle. The thought police are alive and well (at KBTX)."

We are fairly liberal at what we allow for posting. The court of public opinion usually is self-policing when it comes to these comments. The reason this person is consistently rejected is because of the name used to post! It is indecent, and contains veiled profanity. Inappropriate - more so than just "lob-lolly." When you make up a fake name with implied profanity, you will be rejected. Every time.

A note from KBTX - this coming Wednesday is a special day in the life of the KBTX family and for thousands more who count on all of us to make the holidays a little brighter. The annual KBTX Food for Families Food Drive will once again take place at the Brazos Center, and MidSouth in Navasota, and at the Kimbro Center in Madisonville. Each year, the donations increase, both in non-perishable food items and in cash. It is an honor to see each of you participate every year, and especially those groups and individuals who are contributing for the first time. Please join us this coming Wednesday. There is no better way to share the joy and true meaning of the holiday season.

I've quoted an engineer friend of mine before, a line I'll never forget. Before I was transferred to this incredible community many years ago, he said, "When we leave this earth, we are only remembered by how we treated people." How true that is. And this week, we lost one of the good guys when former Bryan Mayor Lonnie Stabler lost his battle with cancer, or won it - depending on how you look at it. When I first arrived here in 1990, Lonnie was one of the first people I met. Whether at a ribbon cutting, or a chance encounter or when doing business with Lonnie, he always made me laugh, and was always kind to me. Lonnie was a leader, on the cutting edge of a turning point in the history of Bryan. Losing leaders like Lonnie means others have to step in. The best way we can honor Lonnie's memory is to stay focused on the vision, and to treat everyone with kindness.

We thank you for all your comments. Be in touch any time. What you think matters to the family of KBTX News 3.

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