I read an article this morning; well, really, the comments section of an article. Someone was complaining that there were no “good” television stations available in a particular hospital, for the patients OR the visitors.


Now, some folks in hospitals are too miserable to do anything except stare at the TV. I get that. But there are a lot of other things one could do, if so inclined: read, work or play on a computer, get a deck of cards, talk to visitors.

And seriously, if my visitors complained about the lack of TV programming while they were visiting me…um, does anyone else see the problem here?

When did TV channels become an entitlement? I’ve heard, over the years, about various towns and cities trying to make sure that “everyone” has cable or access to such – same with Internet service. Why? Isn’t that a perk? An extra? Something we can have if we can pay for it?

Or, if it’s not available where you live, move. Can’t move? Sorry, you have to do without. I really am sorry – but cable and certain channels aren’t in the Bill of Rights.

Geez. No wonder some people think they should have everything for free.

2 comments on “Entitlements

  1. Susan Beal says:

    I hear what you’re saying, but on the one hand, I think that hospital patients have every right to want to have certain television stations. Given the outrageous sum of money that people are charged per day for a hospital room, I think that those extra amenities should be part of the deal — and not as an entitlement…. As for other situations, I can remember a time when there was nothing but antenna television. Now, all of the major networks are digital, and that requires people to have cable, satellite, or a digital converter box. I will add that the one time expense of a digital converter box averages out to very little over the long term, and it probably gives people access to a host of television stations they never had before.

    Somehow, our society has lost sight of the concept of working for what you have. It isn’t that different than spending money — wise people don’t spend money they don’t have.

    Life has gotten too easy, and now people expect to have everything handed to them on a silver platter – regardless of what they did to earn it — if anything!


    • They certainly have a right to “want” anything at all – but if all I can manage in a hospital bed is to stare at the TV, I likely won’t care if particular channels are missing. And if my visitors come and watch TV, there is definitely a problem – who wants visitors who come to watch TV? Shouldn’t they be “visiting” the patient?

      And for those out in the sticks, well, they still have choices: get a converter box, a new TV, or move. I realize it’s not that easy, but to “give” everyone the stuff they think they “need” isn’t the answer.


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