We'd like to wish Niagara County Legislator Dennis Virtuoso well. Although we do not have details, apparently Virtuoso was involved in an accident tonight that has required an examination at a local hospital. Virtuoso was scheduled to appear on LCTV's Legislative Journal this evening. Due to his accident, Virtuoso was gracious enough to contact the station and let them know he would be unable to appear. He also found a substitute guest. Unfortunately, the graciousness displayed by Virtuoso was lost on host Tom Christy.
While introducing his substitute guest Sylvia Virtuoso, Christy stated that Dennis Virtuoso told him that he would not be able to appear on the show this evening because he had "blurred vision and a foggy memory". Christy responded with, "So the doctor told you you're a Republican". Personally, I find the remark almost humorous. But once again, Christy is interjecting his personal beliefs, his personal political beliefs, into a show that was designed and created to educate the public about government. Government, not politics.
Some will say that government is politics. It's not. Having County Clerk Wayne Jagow on Legislative Journal to talk about the DMV is governmental. Having Nancy Smith on to talk about HAVA is governmental. Having Tom Christy say that Republicans have blurred vision and foggy memories is completely and unequivocally political, and goes against everything that LCTV was founded on. In LCTV's by-laws, Article 3, Section Five, it states that the purpose of the station is to "develop and cultivate the community use of cable telecommunications media in a non-discriminatory manner". A "non-discriminatory manner". Labeling Republicans with "blurred vision and foggy memories" would hardly fit with that by-law.
Once again, we have to ask - where is the LCTV Board of Directors? How can they continue to allow this type of editorializing on this channel that is a clear violation of the station's own by-laws? The Board of Directors, which according to LCTV's website includes Roberta Harper-Chair, Jackie Davis-Vice Chair, Donna Landers-Secretary, John Benoit-Treasurer, Michael Casale, Mary Brennan-Taylor, Doug Farley, Paul Foster, Debbie Gaskill, Gerard Hogan, Mike Norris, Esther Owens, Mark Sanders and Melisa Niver, are allowing their own reputations to be tarnished by the ongoing fiasco at LCTV. Is there an end in sight? We hope so as much as you do.