To the editor:
On one hand, I agree a little with Mr. Simons (Saturday Column, July 21), that there are some in the public sector who are “gullible.” On the other hand, however, if certain opinion writers/editors would quit taking things out of context there might be more truth to the story that is being told. Even Republican opinion writer Charles Krauthammer got it right on Saturday and used his criticism of the president in the correct context while our Saturday Column writer did not.
You chose not to write, like Krauthammer did, that President Obama was referring to the roads and bridges and police and fire protection for businesses that are provided by taxpayer money when he said that entrepreneurs “did not do this (develop/sustain their business) on their own.”
Maybe you have heard the quote “No man is an island” by John Donne? We all need to remember that Donne quote more in our lives. There have been several political ads already where President Obama’s words were taken out of context to score political points by the opposing party. People need the whole truth, not snippets of it.
Ethical journalism requires that a journalist use the correct context in which to quote someone, but I see very little of that in some journalists’ writings.