The newspapers, television, radio and internet are chockful of national news … and chockful of nuts.
When I go out to my front yard each week and bring in The Leader to read while having my coffee, I look forward to reading a really good local newspaper full of events and concerns of our community. I feel it not only gives us information about the community, but also builds a sense of “neighborly-ness” for the families of our reading area. I like much about The Leader and I want you to know that I understand: (1) freedom of speech – not just the speech I agree with and (2) freedom of the owner of a newspaper to choose what will be printed in that paper.
But, I cannot pass over the upsetting comment in The Reader section of last week’s paper that described President Obama and the Democratic party in vulgar insulting terms and was clearly a partisan screed.
I feel the content of The Leader is above such language. I feel the content of The Leader is above hate speech, “alternative facts,” fake news, alt-right and other extremist’s wise cracks.
I believe that The Leader supports civil respectful discourse and desires to add to the feeling of community with neighbors living and working in harmony with each other. I feel it is wise to repeat to ourselves the words of Michelle Obama “When they go low, we go high.” Let’s raise the bar for our community … Yes, we can … together.
Lynn Ashby’s left-wing slant distracting
I’m loathe to get into a word battle with columnists because the nature of their jobs gives them a bully-pulpit and always the last word. I get that. But sometimes an expression of one’s views has a cathartic effect (At least it does for me). This brings me to Lynn Ashby. I’ve read Ashby for years, from the Post, to the Chronicle, and now The Leader. He has few peers when it comes to Texas history, or for that fact, almost anything. It’s his unending left-wing slant that’s so distracting to me and, I would guess, many others. We know he detests Dan Patrick. We know he detests the President. We know he detested Rick Perry. Does he ever wonder how those people got elected? Talk about disingenuous! Why does he have to inject politics into his columns anyway? His humor, puns, mixed metaphors etc. are sufficient. Leon Hale was entertaining, Joe Holley is entertaining and I don’t know or care what their politics are. How about a column on why you make Texas your home, other than having a Senator like Sheila Jackson Lee (who thought we had landed on Mars).
Reporter’s interesting upbringing
I know a reporter from the Heights who writes for a major national daily newspaper. Her parents are avid leftist Democrat activists; one cannot be in their company more than five minutes without hearing vehement, visceral disgust expressed for Republicans, for George W. Bush, for Ronald Reagan, for the “one percent” et cetera. And this bursts completely out of nowhere… “How’s your hamburger?” “I hate Rick Perry.” Now let’s be honest: Growing up in an environment that badly unhinged invariably results in brainwashing. Such indoctrination profoundly infects one’s world view, and we have to know it severely taints that individual’s reportage. (But she landed with the right outfit. Their motto, properly put, is “All the news that fits our views.”) And golly, we just have to wonder how many with consonant upbringing now work for our own Houston Slanticle.