Bye, media dinosaurs
Leonard Pitts Jr. enjoys a privileged position as a member of the establishment media and he doesn’t enjoy competition from alternative media (“This ‘citizen journalism’ fad is not journalism,” Oct. 6).
But a larger issue emerges: Just who should be the arbiter of who is and who isn’t a journalist? The ruling class media, of which Pitts is a member, has always enjoyed a monopoly in deciding who is and who isn’t qualified.
More importantly, though, establishment media also decides which opinions are acceptable and which are not.
Many of us have apparently decided that we no longer wish to be spoon-fed the opinions of people we can no longer trust. It is very telling that the traditional media is languishing, scrounging for ratings, bleeding red ink and going bankrupt. The public has essentially moved on.
Fox News, the one news outlet that dares defy the conventions of ruling class media bias, is the target of a continuous barrage of vituperative criticism and hostility by the ruling class media.
In a few years, these old dinosaurs, like Pitts and his ilk, will have passed into history. Frankly, I can’t wait.
No right to be insensitive
I am baffled by a case currently before the Supreme Court, Snyder v. Westboro Baptist Church.
The Rev. Fred Phelps of Westboro Baptist Church seems to think that his congregation can protest at the funerals of military personnel who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan to promote an agenda against homosexuality (“Protests at funeral clearly trouble court,” Oct. 7).
Freedom of speech is one of the most sacred gifts that the Constitution has given us, but not to promote a self-serving agenda at a time a family is grieving the loss of their son or daughter who has given their life for this country.
I applaud Albert Snyder, the father of Matthew Snyder, for bringing the suit against the Rev. Phelps. I believe that the actions of the Rev. Phelps and his congregation are cruel and unjust because they are invading the privacy of grieving families at a difficult time in their lives.
I sincerely hope that the Supreme Court decides in favor of Snyder because, although we have the right to freedom of speech, we do not have the right to be insensitive toward grieving military families.
Eat your local apples
Not one San Luis Obispo County resident should be buying apples from the supermarket. The county’s local apple orchards are in full bloom and all should reap their deliciousness.
Go alone or with family, wearing boots or Johnny Appleseed style, however you choose. It would be a mistake to not take full advantage of the fresh apples our county has to offer.
A teacher’s view
I am so tired and weary of teachers being labeled as “bad.” I teach because I care about children and want them to grow and learn. My colleagues and I are dedicated, hard-working professionals working diligently to serve children. That’s who the vast majority of teachers are, and that is also who makes up the teacher’s union. We care about children.
The “standards” that have been set forth by bureaucrats are unrealistic and unhealthy. They want children to walk before they can crawl. None of the standardized tests measure citizenship, compassion, speaking skills, creativity or oral communication.
Teacher training is now centered around math and science. The humanities are secondary. Humans are not part of the equation. It is about data and test scores. This is a false premise.
Most children come to school from divorced families; from child care before and after school; and with social, personal, family and cultural problems that are not addressed. I would turn back “merit pay” and give it to the kids to provide the social services they need in order to learn.
Keep blaming teachers and no one will want to enter this profession. How will that impact our children?