To the Editor:
Three months ago I decided to stop watching all television news. No, not even my favorites.
I observed that news reporters delighted in setting up conflict.
Why not report on Main Street, working poor and veterans still losing their homes and jobs? Families struggling to buy groceries and gasoline for their vehicles?
Legislators of all parties take recesses, their salaries and benefits while their constituents languish.
When did facts, truth, honesty and civility become the exception and not the rule when reporting the news or enacting the people’s will?
Since my news boycott, my spouse stacks the KDH at the end of the kitchen table thinking I would glimpse something to jerk me out of my indifference regarding the chaos in the Harker Heights area and around the world.
On Oct. 3, I scanned the past three weeks of KDH and I was furious — headlines “6000 to be furloughed”...“Shutdown Signs”... “Army suspends tuition assistance.” ... “Lakes to close indefinitely, “When a living casualty returns from war.”
Then I glimpsed Sarah Smiley’s column, “Words from a grieving widow” (Oct. 2, Fort Hood Herald).
Thank you, Sarah, for giving voice to Theresa’s story. It bought me to tears. It kicked my apathy to the curb.
Families broken never to be the same is headline news. A newborn without a mom or dad is headline news. A country that proclaims God and democracy as cornerstones while the majority of its citizens live a nightmare is headline news.
What isn’t headline news is the flagrant self-serving photo ops of Rep. John Carter and Sen. John Cornyn garnering plenty of KDH coverage. Really?
I dare you to pull up their voting records. Women, children, the poor, people of color, health, education and jobs are not their priorities.
What will it take for mature, logical, compassionate adults to stand shoulder to shoulder and put stories like Theresa’s on the front page and photo ops on the back?
Patricia Muldrow Roberts