To the editor:
We no longer have news reporting.
What we have is an endless soap opera featuring the most recent controversy or tragedy with the same pictures and dialogue run repeatedly for days, weeks, even months, until a "new" event occurs to be digested and regurgitated, ad nauseum : so it goes.
I believe this is done, besides selling of airtime, to desensitize us and make us apathetic.
It diverts our attention away from the real problems we need to approach.
In addition, it sets a goal for another angry, ill person to try to best.
Bush has said repeatedly that if we send our sons to die in Iraq, we won't have to deal with terrorism here. Is the Va. tragedy not terrorism, of a kind? I can see little difference between suicide bombers and school shooters, all willing to die for their "cause."
Let's all turn off the garbage and concentrate on how we might influence our media and leadership to do a better, more honest and sincere job.
Julie Matchett, Lawrence