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Letter to the editor: The real issues

October 4, 2012

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To the editor:

I watched, with anticipation, the presidential debate on Wednesday night and was pleased with the civility of the candidates. I also made mental notes of their “answers” for the real issues facing all Americans. This morning I eagerly looked at the Lawrence Journal-World to see what their perspective was on the debate.

The first issue mentioned in the lead article on the front page (written by Scott Rothschild) was that Gov. Romney said he would cut government funding to PBS! The real issues are jobs, the economy and health care. Wake up, Mr. Rothschild. If you think Americans are more concerned about the funding of PBS than the economy, you are asleep at the wheel. We need relevant news on the front page, not editorials.

Be an informed citizen. Educate yourself on the real issues that face all Americans and see what the candidates have to say.

Comments

rtwngr 2 years, 7 months ago

Well said, Carmen! Rothschild is another yellow journalist out to "better the world" through his liberal prism.

racerx 2 years, 7 months ago

Make up your mind, Carmen. You say: "This morning I eagerly looked at the Lawrence Journal-World to see what their perspective was on the debate."

You wanted THEIR (JWs) perspective and you got it. Now you're complaining that THEIR perspective doesn't align with yours.

jayhawklawrence 2 years, 7 months ago

I think the problem is that our news and information is designed to be entertainment. We are constantly getting "expert" opinions from people who are often hired because they are young and pretty with interesting voices who repeat the same news clip over and over for days at a time. Why did these experts not see the warning signs that led to our collapsing economy. They were too busy selling and making money and pretending to be experts.

Too many Americans are wired into this system of information gathering and it has been easily exploited by political strategists.

At the same time, there is plenty of information available. The problem is that people are relying on somebody else to connect the dots.

I am constantly meeting intelligent and successful people with political views based on absolutely false information which is entirely created as propaganda. Both political parties are playing a game that we allow them to play and if this continues, I see a steady downhill spiral for this country. At the end of the day we can only blame ourselves for allowing a dysfunctional political system and the rise of extremism, loyalty pledges and ideologies designed to exploit average Americans.

Our political parties are not want our founding fathers wanted nor were they created by our constitution. They are what our founding fathers feared because, perhaps, they remembered a system where a wealthy, powerful and "deified" royal elite had exploited everyone else since the beginning of civilization. If we lose our version of America. we will go back to what existed before.

I think we have to realize that we have become a nation of lemmings.

grammaddy 2 years, 7 months ago

On the brighter side, unemployment has dropped to 7.8%.....exactly where it was when Obama took office. Take that, Robme. Hawaiian Ninja 2012!!

beatrice 2 years, 7 months ago

What cuts to government spending besides PBS was Mitt Romney specific about?

Clara Westphal 2 years, 7 months ago

PBS stations are underwritten by corporations and philanthropists. I doubt they really need tax money in spite of the stations constant wailing about needing publics donations.

The next time you watch a pbs program stayed tune through the credits and you will see a long list of foundations and businesses who underwrite the program.

fiddleback 2 years, 7 months ago

Actually local stations throughout the country depend very much on that money. It's seed money with an excellent return on investment, as the stations raise several more dollars for every dollar of gov't support. But without that regional infrastructure, nationally popular programs like Sesame Street are not broadcast in your area.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 7 months ago

The reason the PBS comment got press is because attacking that symbol of "evil socialism" is the only concrete proposal Romney could come up with. Otherwise, he spoke in largely fact-free generalities and vague references to ideological bogeymen (which, sadly, appears to be all that today's Republican party can deal with.)

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