COURT OF COMMON PLEAS

PROBATE / JUVENILE DIVISION GEAUGA COUNTY

TIMOTHY J GRENDELL – JUDGE
Courthouse Annex, 2nd Floor 231 Main Street, Suite 200 Chardon, Ohio 44024 Voice: 440-279-1830 Fax Probation: 440-285-5025 Fax Court: 440-285-8751

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September 24, 2013 Robert D. Marcus President and Chief Operating Officer Time Warner Cable 60 Columbus Circle, 17th Floor New York, NY 10023 RE: For the safety of our children- -stop showing your child neglect promoting commercial

Dear Mr. Marcus: As the Geauga County, Ohio Juvenile Judge Court responsible for protecting the best interest of children in my county, I am writing to respectfully request that you stop running the Time Warner Cable television commercial in which a father engrossed in watching a football game on TV tells his young son to go outside and play in a thunderstorm. This offensive commercial epitomizes our county’s misplaced priority of self-gratification over parental child responsibility. In the commercial, the father and apparently other family members are watching several programs on multiple televisions. This, alone, reflects our society’s debilitating addiction to television. Worse, is the portrayal of the father, who is so self-absorbed by his need to watch a football game that he tells his young son that it is okay to go outside and play in a violent lightening / thunderstorm.

Is there no one in your corporate hierarchy who understands the reckless nature of this commercial? Is watching a football game more important than protecting the safety of one’s child? Apparently, Time Warner Cable thinks so, especially if it will increase its cable TV revenues. In the commercial, former professional football coach, Bill Cowher comes to the rescue by braving the storm to tell dad not to despair because Time Warner Cable will allow the family to record enough television shows at the same time that dad can postpone his self-gratification long enough to act responsibly and tell his son not to go out into the treacherous storm. Thank heavens for Coach Cowher. Frankly, it is difficult to believe that a public role model such as Coach Cowher would be involved in such a misguided commercial. Apparently, money trumps good judgment. Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court judges and local social workers strive daily throughout this county to try to instill a sense of parental responsibility in a society rife with impediments to responsible parenting. Time Warner Cable’s outrageous commercial is an affront to those efforts. In my opinion, parents do not need four televisions. Parents need to spend more time interacting with their children, especially during their formative years. An advertisement premised on the notion that watching a football game on television is more important than child safety is insane and a gross public disservice. Please stop showing this child neglect promoting commercial. Sincerely,

Timothy J. Grendell
Judge

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