The endless bureaucratic hell that is the digital switchover roared with new flames Tuesday with the news that government coupons for new converter boxes are once again available. The government ran out of coupons late last year -- even though 17 million of them were never used, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration had issued as many as it had the funding to cover. But Congress, always happy to pour money down a rathole, appropriate more as part of last month's stimulus package.
The fact remains that 90 percent of American households get their television through satellite and cable and don't need the converter boxes. Just don't try to tell that to anybody in Washington.
UPDATE: If you reallllly think you need one, here's a website where you can apply for a coupon.