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Summit Up 5.15.09

Summit County, Colorado

Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that ‘s wondering: Who are these people and what are they doing on my television?

Yep, we were flipping through the channels last night, hoping to find some news, as in current events that affect the daily lives of people around the world. We hear, for example, that there have been huge protests in some parts of the world against the ruthless,

profit-at-all-cost tactics of the ueber-corporations that got us all into this financial

mess in the first place.

You’d think it would be newsworthy to report that tens of thousands of people took to the streets in Athens to voice their dissatisfaction with government economic policies that put the interests of a few big companies ahead of everything else.

You’d think that might be worth a few seconds of coverage, maybe a “man-on-the-street” video clip interview, but no, what we get is candy-coated pseudo-journalism, in the form of a slick-haired anchorman interviewing other journalists.

We could easily buy into the concept. It could sure make our job easier here at the corporate suites. Instead of wearing out our shoes, pounding the pavement in search of compelling stories, we could just meander over to a reporter sitting a few desks over and ask, “So, what do you think about Miss California’s position on gay marriage?”

Yeah, this is what has us feeling really edgy right now. We’re wondering why the heck a beauty pageant winner is being interviewed on the leading national television networks about social policy. Nothing against beauty pageants, the contestants who choose to participate or people who choose to view these events. We think they’re fine for what they are, but are these people for real? Does anyone ever stop to ask why her thoughts on the subject might be important?

Sure, it’s being couched as a free-speech issue, but we all know what’s REALLY going on. It’s all about eye candy.

And then there’s Sara Palin. Why is she still on TV? We’re just not sure, so all we can do is scratch our heads and wonder.

Then was some little palaver about President Obama and whether he should or shouldn’t have been awarded some sort of honor from a religious college. We didn’t stay on this one too long, as the whole black robe thing is kind of mysterious to us.

All we’re saying is, we’d like some substance, please.


We’re feeling a bit like a loyal Summit Up reader who recently sent an e-mail telling us that Summit Up has been hard to find online.

Here’s the message: “I’ve been having trouble getting the Summit Daily web edition to come up for several weeks now. I think I’ve only been able to get my Summit Up fix twice in the past 3 weeks. It’s killing me!!! Please help! It started when your format changed but I could sometimes get in by doing a Google search. Now that doesn’t work. I just get an error message or a “can’t connect” message. I really need my daily dose of Summit Up to keep me sane. Thanks for any help you can come up with.”


Hmmm, at first we were going to pass this along to our IT guy, who is a world-renowned whiz at dealing with thorny technical issues like this. But then we decided we’d first take a crack at it ourselves.

We’re thinking it might have something to do with an old bookmark, and we suggest deleting the existing bookmark, then starting over by re-saving a link to the new

Once there, just go to the tab menu at the top, click on “opinion,” move your cursor over the right about an inch to the “Summit Up” tab and, voila, you should be linked in a mere instant to the latest edition of your favorite column.

Hope that helped, and let us know if you’re still experiencing further technical issues.


We out, and not looking back.

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