Local TV news

The tourists coming through Waco hopefully retire to their hotel rooms tired, happy and ready to find out more about the city and surrounding areas. Before sleeping, they most likely turn on the late local news to get a more in-depth view of their surroundings. Speed bump!

Our local TV news trend seems to be teasing us with the all-important “whatever” that’s coming up in the broadcast! You’ll find out whatever about whenever or whomever after the break, when we return. Later in the broadcast, stay tuned!

Tell us already or be quiet about it! If news is so short that air time has to be used repeatedly telling us what they’re going to tell us, then get more and/or better reporters to fill that time with actual news.

Next, let that news be delivered by an anchor with a pleasing voice. This should be a given, but too many times that local person is hard to listen to because of a bored, nasal and grating delivery that ends with an upward nasally tilt to that last syllable — comparable to the old cliche of fingernails on the chalkboard. That person may be a fine journalist but should not be delivering that news to the public.

Lastly, let anchors stay behind their desks. Some are obviously uncomfortable with standing alone before the camera with the expectation that they appear up close and personal while trying to deliver the news and decide what to do with all those arms and legs, so obviously there, at the same time.

Juanita Case, Hewitt

Recycling, anyone?

I enjoyed reading Bruce Huff’s Dec. 2 column, “We unfortunately have learned to accept living in litter,” on the Group W Bench Litter Patrol, local efforts to pick up trash and the scourge of plastic. Since moving to Waco this year, all of the litter around the city (plus potholes and bad streets, especially around downtown and along Fifth Street) have been my biggest issues.

When driving through neighborhoods I oftentimes see streets with not one recycling trash container in sight. Most trash containers are overfilled with boxes, beer cans, you name it. And most items people put in the trash can be recycled. Yet people overflow the trash and don’t even bag items in the trash can, so that whatever they put in is soon blowing all over the city. We live at a busy intersection near downtown and almost daily I see plastic bags that have blown in the yard and beer cans and other litter that people just threw onto the street or out the window.

All this is really about education and just caring enough to not make someone else responsible for picking up your litter. It is about personal responsibility. Every citizen in Waco should have a recycling receptacle next to his or her regular trash container. It feels good to recycle. It cuts down on overflowing trash and keeps our waste sites from filling up as fast — which we know is a hot issue. Recycling is a positive change we can all make.

Scott Smith, Waco