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Friday, Sep 19, 2014
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Letters to the editor: Giving us blame, not news

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Giving blame, not news Within minutes of the bombing at the Boston Marathon, a number of “news” media quickly began pointing fingers (or just insinuating) that the blame lie with Republicans (Nicholas Kristof of The New York Times) — and some went as far as claiming that this was probably the work of the tea party (Chris Matthews), strongly insinuating that this was a protest of Tax and Patriot days.

There was a time, though it’s getting tough to recall, when the dissemination of news was carried out by people who had pride in their work and strove to be looked upon as people of integrity and worthy of respect. They gave us news, not blame. True, as long as humans exist, there will always be some slanting toward their own feelings and beliefs, but the professionals still strove for those ideals. The late great Walter Cronkite comes to mind.

If the so-called journalists and disseminators of news had any real integrity, we would be seeing retractions, if not outright apologies. I won’t hold my breath, but you would think that the continuing trend of their viewership and subscribership losses would open their eyes. They should be ashamed.

Joseph Richter

Dover

Victory for freedom The two terrorists were nothing but two-bit punks who no one will ever respect or admire. They were hunted down like vermin, and one was killed.

The speed of the capture is admirable but expected — you’re not going to get away with bombing Americans. Our resolve and capabilities are unmatched anywhere in the world.

I know we will continue to prevent terrorist attacks at all cost, and there is no future in violence against Americans. Today we are a proud land, and there has been another victory for freedom.

John Mannone

Tampa

Gratitude It is indeed sad to see two youngsters who came to this country at a very early age, received a wonderful opportunity to live and study in a peaceful environment their place of birth could not provide, and in return chose to strike back at those who welcomed them to this country.

I came to this country as an immigrant in the early 1980s. I feel we don’t do enough to teach our children gratitude. Our whole existence in this world is the result of the kindness and compassion we received from the day we were born, starting with our parents, family and friends who nurtured us and supported us until we were able to stand on our own. We know that gratitude can be cultivated by teaching our children that we are indebted to the people surrounding us — family, friends, teachers, etc. — and that we should always try to give something back to reduce our debt. Instead, most of our young adults feel otherwise. No religion teaches violence, but people carry out these barbaric acts in the name of religion. “Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other,” said Professor Randy Pausch.

Kiron Senapati

Tampa

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