Regarding “Meadows seeks investigation into FBI” (Jan. 28): I am gravely concerned about the apparent push to malign the integrity of the FBI by the president and some members of the GOP. We have no reason to believe that the FBI has transgressed against this nation, and it is of greater concern to me that the president and those who have worked with and for him – who may have been and still be under influence of a foreign power – must be investigated. Some news networks have also taken up this dangerous narrative.
It is shocking that the president and members of Congress would undermine the integrity and the security of our institutions, but that is where we find ourselves. This is a call for support for the members of the FBI who do such important work for the security of our nation.
Fight fake news
In his introductory column “Amid the noise, we start a search for solutions” (Jan. 30) as the new opinion/solutions editor, John Drescher points out that the media has a reputation problem and needs to rebuild trust with Americans. While broadly true, this idea lets the American media consumer off the hook.
The relationship between media and its customers is a two-way street, and we Americans collectively need to be far better news consumers. We need to be smarter about what we read, view and hear. We need to know where information comes from and whether it’s credible. We need to understand the term ‘media’ itself is so vague as to mean nothing at all.
We need to understand that everything isn’t ‘fake news’ just because we don’t like it, and we need to stop believing – and mindlessly sharing – every silly, fact-free meme we see on Facebook that supports our established political beliefs (this applies across the political spectrum). The media isn’t perfect, but it generally wants to do better. We should do the same.
Regarding “US government shuts down as partisan blame game heats up” (Jan. 20): The so-called symbol of governing a free people cannot even govern itself. How does this stand up to all of the other forms of government that look to the United States as the representative of the free world? How do we now show North Korea, Russia, Iran, Syria, that our form of governing is the best?
There is talk of a wall being built, and the world clearly sees that one has been successfully constructed in the United States of America. It is a formidable wall and it runs right down the center of our representative democracy and it divides the left from the right. The bricklayers of this wall are those governing at the consent of the people .
The outline is pure (our Constitution). The balance is pure (our three branches of government). The process is pure (the people chose who they want in those branches). Where is the fault? Socrates has the answer. It is in the individuals who have lost the meaning within their souls of what is just. It is that darn wall.
Regarding the editorial “In Jerusalem, Pence backs embassy move” (Jan. 26): The decision by the Trump administration to move its embassy to Jerusalem may have delighted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, but it surely has made it clearer than ever that the United States is not an honest broker in negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. Our government has acted as Israel’s lawyer in those negotiations.
The United States continues to send more than $3 billion a year to Israel, which uses that money to help in its oppression of the Palestinians. It is time for Palestinians to enjoy rights equal to those of Israeli Jews.
The Trump administration’s decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem simply shows that it sides with Netanyahu and Israel, and cares little about the concerns of Palestinians.
Elizabeth S. Axtell
Johnson’s pay comment
Regarding “School chief’s salary comment fuels debate” (Jan. 28) The remark made by the state’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, Mark Johnson, that $35,000 a year for a new teacher is “good money” reflects a most unfortunate but common attitude about who should be paid what in this country.
Teachers are not and never have been, in general, fairly compensated for what they do, nor is the importance of what they do valued as it should be. It is particularly demeaning and abhorrent that the state superintendent is perpetuating this attitude rather than advocating otherwise.