Letters to the Editor

Letter: Honestly?

December 10, 2013


To the editor:

In response to the Dec. 7 Saturday Column on honesty.

What should Lawrencians think when the editor of the local newspaper does not tell the truth?

What should the community leaders think when the editor of the local newspaper does not tell the truth?

How can a person have confidence or certainty that he or she is being told the truth on other matters and issues?

When the editor’s commentaries are filled with rhetoric, distortions, deceitful analysis and political bias, what are we to think? Shouldn’t the No. 1 priority of any responsible journalist be to tell the truth?

Editor Simons, when you point your accusing finger at my president, note that three fingers are pointing back at you, and your commentaries are at least as egregious as what you are accusing my president of doing.

Yes, Mr. Editor, I do expect the present leader of my political party to do all that he can to elect Democrats to the House and the Senate and to appoint Supreme Court Justices who have integrity and competence. Isn’t that what you would want the leader of your political party to do?

I suspect what the editor really fears regarding the Affordable Care Act is that it will succeed and that the great majority of Americans will approve of affordable, quality health care and the economic security that will follow, despite all of the efforts by his political party to undermine the law with a substantial absence of truth-telling.

I am not comfortable with you, Editor Simons, adjudicating the honesty of my president, given your relationship with truth telling. And certainly re-adjudicating, again, old business does not get us very far. I think what we have here is a case of the pot calling the kettle black.

So, I ask, “On a scale of relative importance, how important is honesty for” journalists?


Bob Smith 4 years, 6 months ago

Considering how many media outlets have participated in hiding the problems with the current regime, I'd say that honesty takes a back seat to advancing the agenda with many journalists. BTW, has Dolph caused your health insurance to be cancelled lately?

John Graham 4 years, 6 months ago

I seriously doubt 2/3rds of all Americans are bankrupt.

John Graham 4 years, 6 months ago

ACA won't really address this situation. Many plans have a maximum out of pocket of over $6000 per adult in deductible and or copayment. In 2012, 28% of adults had no savings and another 20% had less than three months living expenses saved. So a bill of over $6000 will still bankrupt about half the population. Once you take into account if someone is laid up for several days because of illness, injury, or surgery they likely won't have any sick leave pay left so there will be no money coming in for regular bills. Now behind in regular bills, no money to pay $6000 for medical out of pocket, the whole mess just spirals downward out of control. So ACA may provide some medical coverage but I doubt it will prevent that many bankruptcies due to healthcare costs. The bankruptcies may just spiral downward a little slower.

John Graham 4 years, 6 months ago

My total out of pocket on a bronze plan will be $6350.

Mark Rainey 4 years, 6 months ago

Yet KU students pay $100. per year for stacks of LJW papers to placed in unread piles around campus. Interesting to see what percentage of circulation is in unread campus papers.

Julius Nolan 4 years, 6 months ago

Think Mr Dailey has done an excellent job of showing exactly what Mr Simons agenda is. And it definitely is an agenda, no matter what Obama does, he will oppose it.

Rob Chestnut 4 years, 6 months ago

The source of reporting is not relevant in this situation. The administration does have an accountability to reconcile statements made by President Obama that turned out to be untrue. Unfortunately, neither plausible scenario is a good one.

If the administration did not understand the impact of its own legislation, that is not a good scenario. If the administration did understand the impact and chose to communicate something that was technically true but misleading, that is not a good scenario.

I am not sure if this has been done adequately.

Leslie Swearingen 4 years, 6 months ago

An editorial is the opinion of the editor. It is not meant, nor was it ever meant, to be factural reporting. There are several places in the paper where opinions may be published.

Steve Bunch 4 years, 6 months ago

Actually, the kettle IS black, which is why all the pots have been up in arms these last several years.

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