LETTER: Editorial was good for a good laugh

Apr. 17, 2013 @ 04:59 AM

To the Editor:

I’m writing this late Saturday afternoon even though I read the paper at 7 a.m. I needed time to cool down from my overheated laughing fit. In the editorial section of The Sanford Herald was an editorial titled “Senate Bill 186: A blow to transparency.”

Please read this editorial, taken from the March 7 edition of The Daily Dispatch of Henderson, it does have some valuable points on which to ponder. However, this direct quote from the editorial provided a real, fine, hearty, health-inducing laughter from me; see what you think — fourth paragraph down the item.

“The public has relied on a neutral observer — the local media, specifically the local newspaper — because of our integrity, bolstered by our neutrality. We are the first place the public looks for information about its government.”

Now, I don’t want you to forget about Fast and Furious, the Rev. Wright (a true paragon of pure Americanism), Bill Ayers and Bernadette Dorn, Benghazi, Black Panthers at the voting sites, etc. and the total lack of heated, visceral, challenges by the Fourth Estate, i.e. the (local) media, concerning these issues.

Please just imagine this is Facebook.

Like — if you agree that this editorial in itself, by virtue of this paragraph, is representative of the problem.

Where does integrity in honest research and reporting begin? It begins at the grassroots level, not at the top ranks of government, though it should at least be visible there.

May I also remind the reader of a particularly incisive quote from Mark Twain (Samuel L. Clemens): “If you do not read the paper, you are uninformed. If you do read the paper, you are misinformed.”

More in line with my sentiments in this arena of thinking is this: “Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets..” — Napoleon Boneparte.

Thank you for listening.

Duane McCartney

Lee County