Thursday, December 28, 2006

Keeping Them Honest 2006

(credit: Phebe)

Hey everyone! I’m blogging from bed today. My throat hates me apparently! But the good news is I’m getting pampered, and that I love! I haven’t eaten soup and toast in bed in quite a long time! I feel like a kid again! I’ve got a survival kit here as well that consists of my laptop, a bottle of water, a bottle of Advil, a hand-made get well card from my little girl, the first season of QAF (thanks to my good friend!), The Mole 1 & 2 and all 5 remotes (I never know which one to use!). I’m all set for the night!

I wasn’t even going to post today but then I went on the AC360 website to see if voting had begun for the Keeping Them Honest contest. Normally, I wouldn’t have been too concerned with the contest since it kind of makes me feel like a slug for not being active in my community this year, but I read Brian’s comments at TVNewser and decided to investigate further. Brian believes that 360 has cheapened the KTH brand name by turning it into a contest. Normally I would have balked at this too. But really it’s a stroke of genius, IMO! The contest really serves two purposes. Yes, it pushes the Keeping Them Honest brand name and AC360 gets more attention. But, it also rewards people for their commitment to their communities. These aren’t light-weight stories that have been submitted. These four people have worked hard to bring about legislative changes in their communities.

For example, Richard Bernstein, a blind lawyer from Michigan fought to reform the public transportation system in Detroit to be more accommodating to its disabled passengers. Tanya Harris took on Mayor Ray Nagin and New Orleans officials in order to save the Lower Ninth Ward. She got certain deadlines delayed and made the city fix water and electricity lines so that potable water and electricity could be restored to the Lower Ninth Ward in order for citizens to return to their beloved community. Filmmaker Ian Inaba started the organization called Video the Vote in order to document voting irregularities going on in some key communities. His organization was present to keep the voting honest during the 2006 mid-term elections. And 14 year old Sidnee Mercer has worked with the TSA to reshape the way baggage screeners handle medicines to ensure passengers' medicines are not damaged during security screenings.

I’m glad that AC360 has decided to bring stories like these to the forefront because all four individuals have helped shape public policy. Why is this idea genius? Besides the fact that people should be recognized for their efforts, these stories may inspire others to take a more aggressive role in their community. And that my friends, is so important in today’s society!

Please take a moment to go to the Keeping Them Honest 2006 website and watch all four videos. Their stories are truly inspiring. I must confess, I had a very hard time picking just one person to vote for!

Have a peaceful evening and I’ll see you all tomorrow!

(Keeping Them Honest screencap courtesy of JLD1119)

16 comments:

the book faerie said...

i hope you're feeling better soon! and i'm glad they're taking such good care of you :)

Joanie said...

Sheryn, feel better soon. I wasn't going to even really bother with the voting but, now I will. Thanks for enlightening me!

phebe said...

I so agree with you, it's important to recognize those that 'keep them honest'. I used the word 'contest' in my post last night for lack of a better word. It's more than a contest though, it's voting to honor those who inspire others. Everyone who does that is a winner in my book.

@manda said...

oh geez!! did you see for thursday (tonight's) show that anderson's going to be interviewing The Donald about the Rosie/Trump hullaballoo? ahaha. He truly is obsessed with that whole thing!

FEEL BETTER!

Em said...

Thanks for the reminder about the contest..great stories. I have been running like crazy to wrap things up at work. I will leaving in the morning for the Oregon coast..hope I don't get trapped in the Sierra's again this year. I will be counting on all of you to keep me informed on Anderhappenings. Love seeing my parents but they only have one TV and I feel like I can't monopolize it with Anderson..maybe I will convert them this year. They loved him in the Mole and Mr Em is coming around so miracles do happen. I will be gone for two full weeks so hope I don't miss too much. The parents are getting older and go to bed pretty early so I plan to watch the New Years Eve broadcast. I was trying to set my Tivo just in case but it isn't listed on the channel guide so I'm not sure it will work. I have at least a dozen New Years resolutions I "should" make but get depressed thinking about how many of them I wouldn't follow through on so I am procrastinating (one of the things I should also resolve not to do!) Hope you all had a good holiday. I will be thinking about you all and checking in for updates. Take Care!!

Purple Tie said...

At the risk of sounding like too devoted a fan, I have to agree with you Sheryn. I believe the tone of the contest makes it more legit in my opinion. It could easily have been done in a way to cheapen it but I think they did a good job.

Pixie said...

Sheryn, didn't you listen to AC on R&K? You need to have your tonsils out!

I did vote today, and after I watched the first one I knew I would vote for that one, then I saw the next, nope I was going to vote for that one. On and on until all four were worth of my vote. What a tough choice! They all deserve the award!

If you were watching CNN, I'll bet you just changed the channel. The "other" John has a special. And Anderson was doing the news break. He must be going after the team player award at CNN this holiday season!

sfacfan said...

Feel better, I think everyone has a cold right now :-) And thanks for your wise advice, oh wise one!!LOL

I can't wait for the interview tonight with Trump - should be a good one!

lori said...

Oh, Sheryn, get well soon! Glad to hear you're being taken care of. Thanks for the reminder about voting; took care of that this morning (as hard as it was to choose). They're all amazing people.

The Donald! Gawd 'elp us. I really wonder where this obsession is coming from...

@em: safe travels! we'll be thinking of you. Enjoy the time with your family ... Happy New Year!

Aruna said...

Sheryn feel better!!!

I voted multiple times in the contest, and made sure to vote for all of them at least once (who knows if all votes count...they don't specify). Truly remarkable and inspiring stories and I enjoyed all of them! It makes me wish they all could go to NY b/c NY ROCKS!!

As for the Donald/Rosie banter, it should be an interesting thing. I found it shocking that they would say such things on air about one another, and feel that both should have exhibited a bit more class. Hopefully the matter is resolved soon, and hopefully Anderson can be instrumental in it :)

Pink Panther said...

Sheryn, I absolutely agree with your comments regarding the KTH contest. When I first saw AC360 asking for KTH submittals with the prize being a trip to NYC on NYE, my first thoughts were that a lot of junk would be submitted. After seeing the videos, the stories are more than inspiring, they are enlightening. I had a very tough time determining which one to vote for!

Therefore, I think my New Year's resolution for 2007 (other than my normal lose weight and stay healthy) will be to get more actively involved in my community or at least in some cause that I have some passion for.

Hope your feeling better!

BookAsylum said...

Feel better, Sheryn!

I agree that the "contest" was a great idea. It just shows that an individual CAN make a difference.

Araceli Elle said...

sheryn, this has nothing at all to do with anderson, but i just have to say, QAF!! i love that show!! how sad was i that it ended? i can't even describe it.

feel better soon! it's almost new years eve!!

AndysGirl said...

Hey Sheryn - hope you feel better soon and I'm glad they are taking good care of you.

I did vote but it was hard to make a decision. They were all worthy of winning. I was torn between the 14 yr old diabetic and the one about the Ninth Ward. I ended up voting for the 14 year old.

Anonymous said...

Amid all these worthy comments I have a somewhat silly question -- was that the dawn of a *new* purple/ burgundy-ish tie tonight?

Aruna said...

I want a one-hour show too! The second hour seems repetitive, but if breaking news occurs, they keep him on longer anyway ;)