- Letters to Editor
Out of curiosity, I was wondering if The Progress has turned into a political newspaper?
Plastering the often misused and misunderstood, “Don’t Tread on Me” flag on the front page of the paper tends to give that impression. In this reader’s point of view, average readers who are seeking objective reporting by journalists in-training have consequently been led to believe that Eastern supports the newly established and struggling Tea Party’s agendas.
The question I have for the editor is whether or not it is appropriate to have Eastern employees promoting political views? More specifically, promoting the political views that ironically caused (or at least influenced) the government shutdown that affected the VA office in the first place?
Nowhere in the article discussing the government shutdown was there any mention that the actual agents that were protested (incompetent politicians with a Tea Party influence) were in fact the actual agents that promoted the removal of the services that were halted.
I would like to stress that by no means am I degrading or questioning the expressed views that those on the front page promoted. I am in fact acknowledging their right to free speech and press by stressing the importance of objectivity so others are not misled through honest, or dishonest means.
Protesting those memorial closures that happened so politicians can position themselves for rigged district elections is beside the point. The primary complaint that I would like to raise is that the “Government shutdown hits close to home” missed the mark once a political point of view was expressed (or at least acknowledged) as Eastern’s position on the matter.
If the article intended to stress the effects of the closure on the VA office, why was there no VA flag or insignia? How come the political views of those protesting trumped the objectivity of your reporter (no offense Jacob Blair)?
Again, how would you respond to readers’ complaints that the closed minded political rhetoric of a minority of the minority party in American politics was plastered across the Progress’s front page?
Where is the association with EKU, outside of its identification and apparent connection with Tea Party activists?
Where is the equal coverage for those who acknowledge the fact that their memorials (which should serve as a symbol of our pride and never be shutdown) were closed down because the people whose flag they promoted hates our African American President simply because he is black and he and his administration are trying to fix the problems that exist in our poor example of an advanced democracy?
Am I, and other readers, to assume that Eastern’s position is more concerned with erasing 200 years of progress (no pun intended) and catering to a shrinking population of more traditional compatriots who have openly admitted that destroying our existing civil promises is more important than allowing our nation to adjust to a changing demographic and cultural dynamic?
On a final note, I would like to mention that I am in full support of all the civil liberties and rights that are protected by the Bill of Rights, the foundation of our Constitution. Being a lifelong pupil of history and humanity dictates my support, however, I cannot stand silent when defining political views on the front page of our proud paper trumps objective news reporting. i.e. promoting the Tea Party on the news coverage that detailed Veteran Affairs matters was a poor choice!
Sincerely and with best wishes for all Colonels and Americans (native and non).
History adjunct faculty