I just got done reading much of the February 16, 2011 issue of the
Isanti County News. The paper reads much like I would expect a
“newspaper” in a Totalitarian state where governments stay in power
through timely dissemination of propaganda through state-controlled
I just got done reading much of the February 16, 2011 issue of the Isanti County News. The paper reads much like I would expect a “newspaper” in a Totalitarian state where governments stay in power through timely dissemination of propaganda through state-controlled media outlets. Articles are published as news, opinions, and editorials but all have a personality supporting the government, government influence, organized labor unions, while at the same time raising “issue” and frequently demonizing those that suggest a different or better way to address the situation.
I am not so naïve to think that editorials and opinions are to be objective, but the more knowledgeable a person is and becomes, the more obvious the embedded messages become and selfish the motivations are of the authors and perhaps the Editor for seemingly publishing these articles which appear to all slant in the same direction.
Due to my age I grew up in the days when it was considered irresponsible to put a pen to paper without first conducting a fair amount of research. The work and forethought would ensure the reader that the author wrote the piece with integrity, objectivity, and fairness. The authors learned their craft in school and had the gift of objectivity and hard work to uncover truths for the reader to consider and contemplate.
Consider all the articles in the Feb. 16 paper discussing our state’s projected budget deficit of over $6 billion. Shame on the people that blamed someone else for the problem. Since when does blaming the other person solve the darn problem?
To the elected officials, I tell you, “Work hard to understand the problem, then do the right thing to fix the problem. Doing the right thing is your only option. Don’t waste this historic opportunity to do the right thing for future generations.”
To the readers and all of my neighbors, I tell you, “Government has a role for each and everyone of us, but it cannot and should not try to do everything for everybody. The more we rely on Uncle Sam, the less we rely ourselves. The stronger Uncle Sam is the weaker we become.”
And to everyone that uses fear to win an argument about budget management and our state’s fiscal challenge, you are just admitting your ignorance about fiscal responsibility, showing you are not responsible, and willing to blame someone else for our situation and then dump the problem on our kids. Think about it.