When I was in Boston over the last few days, I was in a waiting room for about two hours and, as usual, they had a TV set on. I noticed that no one, neither the staff nor the visitors, was watching the TV and so I asked the person at the desk whether it could be turned off or the volume at least lowered so that I could read my book. I was seated as far from the TV as possible but it still distracted me. When the person tried to comply, it turned out that the volume setting was fixed.
As a result, I was forced to listen to the TV and the number of ads for local elections was astounding. Many were for and against the expansion of charter schools and the legalization of marijuana, two hot issues in Massachusetts, but there were also many for or against Kelly Ayotte who is running for re-election to the senate in neighboring New Hampshire. These commercials were dreary and unimaginative and after seeing them a couple of times, you want to throw things at the TV. It made me wonder why more of them are not like the one below for a local county commissioner race in Texas.