Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Yes, we all know on TV that Spectrum claims to be good. That’s not as far as I’m concerned. Spectrum is bad. My experience: I was told I had to convert to a Spectrum account. After all was said and done, that cost me around $60 to $70. My monthly bill also went up $25. I called them and after arguing with them, it was reduced $10. But that is only good for one year.I didn’t get any extra channels ( I have just the basic Tiers 1 and 2 ). By the way Tier 1 and Tier 2 are basically the same. You have to have both of them, I was told.Did you also see in one of their pamphlets, that people on Medicaid would receive the box free for five years?Many people I know have expressed their disapproval of this company. When will the rate increases stop, and the customer service improve?Edward HedlundClifton ParkMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationHigh-risk COVID exposure reported in Clifton ParkEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census
Melbourne: Former skipper Ricky Ponting believes defending champion Australia’s ability to bowl and play spin will define their success in the upcoming World Cup beginning May 30. “The thing that will define Australia’s success in the World Cup is, one, how well they bowl spin and, two, how well they play it,” Ponting was quoted as saying by the ‘Sydney Morning Herald’.”That’s been their Achilles’ heel the last 12 or 18 months. With [Adam] Zampa bowling well now, Nathan Lyon’s obviously in the squad and Glenn Maxwell’s done a good job with the ball whenever he’s played.”Ponting said there were concerns about the middle-order’s ability to play spin a year ago but the return of David Warner and Steve Smith has strengthened the team.”And I think some of our middle order are probably slightly better players of spin now than they were 12 or 18 months ago,” said the 44-year-old, who won Australia the 1999 World Cup as a player, before guiding the team to successive titles in the next two editions as a captain. For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. “With Warner there now and Steve Smith coming back in, the middle order looks a lot better against spin bowling than it probably was.”Warner and Smith had served a 12-month ban for their respective roles in the ball-tampering scandal that rocked Australian cricket in March last year.They returned to competitive cricket at the Indian Premier League with Warner amassing 692 runs in 12 matches and Smith scoring 319 runs in 12 matches and leading Rajasthan Royals to three wins in five matches.”They’re both playing really well. Steve Smith still thinks he’s not probably 100 per cent fit just yet – but he’s not far away. And Warner’s been the dominant batsman in the IPL,” Ponting said.There are concerns that Smith and Warner will be targeted by the crowd during the World Cup with English cricketer Moeen Ali urging the spectators to treat them with respect.”Those two coming in, obviously they’re class players – they’ll have their fair share of issues to deal with from the crowds and stuff when they get over there,” he said.”But they’re big boys. They’ve been there and seen it all before. I’m sure they’ll be fine.” Australia will begin their campaign against Afghanistan on June 1 at Bristol.
Every so often columns just jump into your lap, maybe not just exclusive to pro football in particular, but sports in general and how the average “Joe” feels about subjects related to the sports that may or not be just about first downs and interceptions.From here on; I will be attempting to recall for you the conversation that I was privy to while in route to the Homestead Waterfront, just a tad outside of Pittsburgh. I was on the Waterfront shuttle with two forty-ish White males with their tool belts still in place. They both appeared to be dog tired after a long, hard work day.Average “Joe” number one, or AJ1 asked average “Joe” number or AJ2 what plans he had for the weekend. “I am going to go in and get ready to go out for a little while;” AJ2 said, with a tired but broad smile stretching across sunburned face. “What about you?” AJ1 said, “my loot is sort of funny so I’m gonna stay in and watch Penguins and Steelers reruns. I don’t care how many times I watch the Steelers Super Bowl highlights, just like when I watch a good movie more than once, I always miss something; ya know what I mean?”At that point AJ1 seemed to become a bit irritated with his work mate. “I love the Steelers as much as anybody’” he said. “But I refuse to pay ESPN, the NFL network or any other station to watch reruns. Hey, we won’t get paid next week for the week we just put in; so why should the players or the networks get paid for games that have already been played?”A puzzled expression came across the face of AJ2. He appeared as if he had no response but finally a light clicked on somewhere. “I just like the game and I am not a politician or anything like that; so the money that they make well, I can’t control that.” “Oh, I know” AJ1 said, “but they find so many ways to make money off of us.” AJ2 now started to now get a bit emotionally involved. “Well if it was all about money, that didn’t stop Junior Seau from killing himself, did it?” At this point AJ1 seemed to be getting just a bit ticked off at his homeboy. “Hey that is why I follow high school football because those kids play with heart and because they love the game, not because of the money. Look at all of the money that Mike Wallace wants. He is an ungrateful young bas–rd! After all the Rooneys did for him, now he wants to break the freakin’ bank. These guys make too much money anyway just for catchin a ball.” At this point I thought to myself; what have the Rooneys done for Mike Wallace aside from paying him for a day’s work? Just like all of us average “Joes” want to be paid. But it’s not about my thoughts, right? Anyway, AJ2 came back a little passive but smart, “if you come over to my house we can pitch in on a case of brew get a sandwich ring and watch Pens highlights, plus the money that you are gonna spend for a couple of beers down the south side hell; we can buy a case of ‘Milwaukee’s Best.’”I had to get in on the action because if I didn’t, I’m sure that I would have burst wide open. “Hey do you guys know what stop I get off to get to Office Depot?” (I have only been there in all honesty over 100 times.) AJ2 seemed to view this timely intrusion as the perfect opportunity to exit from the previous conversation. “Yeah, the bus is going to turn into the mall (huh?) from Ann Street. When he makes the right turn you will get to Giant Eagle. That will be the last stop before the bus leaves the “mall” going back to Pittsburgh.” I said thanks to him but at that point the former conversation seemed to have left him a little discombobulated because he answered my thanks with, “thank you.”There are segments of society that have a “hate success” gene built into their DNA. But don’t hold them entirely at fault because for centuries the ruling class has dangled carrots of hope and possibility in front of their faces. As music legend George Duke once said, “the preacher’s on TV selling God today.” Look at the selling of the death of Trayvon Martin.The only thing that most of the talking heads say that means anything to them is; “we’ll be right back after this commercial break.” Why aren’t the CNN trucks parked outside of the Mon-View Heights housing project where two young African-Americans recently lost their lives in a senseless “gun battle.” Where are “the great reverends” Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson when you need them? Young Black men better get it together. Rest in peace better start to mean; get a good night’s sleep to get ready for work. Bling-bling better mean an engagement ring for baby’s mama, peace.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-583-6741.) There are periods during the year especially during the time when pro football is on its annual hiatus when sportswriters and columnists assigned to cover the sport often have to look under a rock or two or in a few dark corners, just to find a story that will attract and maintain the interest of the average football fanatic.