The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 18, 1997 · Page 61
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 61

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, May 18, 1997
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change the channel!' " Mitts recalls. Readers also were asked to rate the top 10 shows themselves. Those who responded gave seven of the 10 programs ratings different from what they now carry. Most notable mismatches: ER, Seinfeld and Friends, which usually are rated TV-PG; a majority of respondents say they deserve to be rated TV-14 or TV-M. Readers agreed with the ratings for only Home Improvement (TV-G), Touched by an Angel (TV-G) and Suddenly Susan (TV-PG). No matter what happens with the rating system, readers indicated that parents should determine what kids watch. Explains reader Mitts: "I made it clear. This is our family. I don't care what other families do. That's their thing. This is our thing." a 'What ever happened to parental responsibility?' Jack Valenti, the movie industry official who created the current TV rating system, responded to issues raised in the USA WEEKEND survey. How accurate an today's ratings? You're going to have a disagreement I'm the father of the movie rating system, but I disagree every now and then with ratings. Most readers say they don't trust the Industry to rate Itself. I wouldn't, either, until I know what the alternatives are. There are 2,000 hours a day of TV programming, the equivalent of a thousand movies a day. Logistically, [an independent panel] is impossible. Who should determine the ratings? People making the laws [are] the last people I want to depend on. Congressmen don't watch television. Many are the same people who [prefer] the free marketplace. Yet they want government regulation of people's choice of programs. What about programming a "family hour"? What's wrong with parents saying to their children: "From 8 to 10 p.m. [ET], you're not going to watch [network] television. Do homework or watch a video." Most parents don't need a rating system to tell. What ever happened to parental responsibility? — M.F.S. USA WEEKEND • May 16-18,1S»T 31 _ 11 R R F M A R K A 1*1, F N F W F I, O O R R F S I S T S A F F S O R I S O F A B 11 S F . INCLUDING S C R A T C NFS, D F N T S AND IHF POP PA FAR DO TWINS. Introducing Imagin™ from Armstrong. A remarkable new floor that's not only beautiful, it's designed to withstand whatever disaster comes its way. Even a pair or rambunctious 4-year-olds. And when things do get a little messy, cleaning an Imagin floor is surprisingly easy. All you need is a vacuum or a damp cloth. Imagin floors are tacked for 15 years against almost anything your family can disk out. And they're available in 40 designs that include rich woods, veined marbles, and textured granites. Call 1-800-418-8820, Dept. 137 for the Imagin retailer nearest you. Then come in between May 19th and June 14th for our $50 rebate. And don't he afraid to bring the kids. 1M391N BY ARMSTRONG

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