Tuesday, October 31, 2017 1:00 am
Fake news media twists Trump's Puerto Rico tweet
As I'm reading the front page Oct. 13, an article from The Associated Press astounded me. The first paragraph states President Donald Trump wasn't going to help Puerto Rico “forever.” Wow! If I didn't follow the president's tweets, I'd probably believe what the journalist wrote. Now I fully understand the “fake news” the president refers to.
The president did use the word “forever,” but not at all in the context it was reported. This was the president's tweet. “We cannot keep FEMA, the Military, the first responders, who've been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) in P.R. forever.” I really wish the JG would take reprinting such things more seriously. People deserve the whole truth, not one journalist's opinion.
Kneeling players at least care about something
My son and I were lucky enough to attend an NFL game a few weeks back. As they played the national anthem, many players were booed as they took a knee. I was struck by a pair of teens a few rows in front of us. They were standing – but were “heads down” on their phones.
Who shows more respect to our country and our flag – someone who is using the anthem as a time to perhaps check their Twitter feed, or someone who is using the anthem to exercise their First Amendment rights?
Many have chastised these players with strong and vehement language, even inviting them to leave the country. While it's somehow socially acceptable to berate these NFL players for their actions during the anthem, it would likely not be socially acceptable for me to walk down two rows and suggest to the teens' father that his kids are a disgrace and should leave the country.
I stand up for the anthem. My son stands up for the anthem. It's not really my business if anyone else chooses not to.
Humans' impact on world clear, but we prefer denial
In the middle of the 20th century, America as well as other countries experimented with weather and climate modification. Clouds were seeded to induce rain, and efforts were made to enhance the monsoon season during the Vietnam War.
In subsequent years, manmade chemicals were identified as the cause of the depletion of the earth's ozone layer. Acid rain was found to be the result of atmospheric moisture combining with industrial emissions to form nitric and sulphuric acids. Human fossil fuel emissions over the years have been absorbed by ocean waters, increasing acidification and thereby devastating marine life. And herbicide, pesticides and fertilizers used in human food production have washed into our sources of drinking water.
On the nightly news, we witness worldwide weather events: fracturing of ice shelves, calving of glaciers and melting of permafrost, catastrophic wind and rain storms, rampaging wildfires, multi-year droughts and record high temperatures.
With this continuing record of environmental wreckage and natural catastrophes, I would think we would be anxiously looking into what part we humans are playing in creating this havoc. Instead, in America, we stretch incredulity in order to question that we play any part in what is happening domestically and around the globe. We double down on our incredulity by weakening/eliminating current environmental regulations and standards in order to enable growth and development, the very reasons that have us in this mess to begin with.
Raising seniors' taxes unfair
Fort Wayne seems to forget all the taxes they put on seniors who get one paycheck a month, while the working people get four to five a month. And we pay what they pay. Does that sound fair?