Letters to the Editor for Dec. 29, 2016
No news is bad news
A common saying, "no news is good news" is not applicable in the newspaper business. While we in western Wisconsin have long ago given up on ever reading news from our state government in our local newspaper, now even news from our county government is missing. Your own Editorial claims "Same stories, different look" which of course, isn't true. The Star Observer is but a skeleton of what it once was and the lack of coverage of government organizations is a travesty. How is the ordinary citizen supposed to learn what our elected officials are doing if there is no local newspaper coverage? Not many people have the opportunity or inclination to attend government meetings. But we do want the local newspaper to attend and report to us what is happening. That has always been the traditional role of a newspaper, to inform its readers. If the Tribune Press Reporter of Glenwood City, Wisconsin can afford to send a reporter to cover the county government meetings, why can't the Hudson Star Observer do the same? Don't HSO readers deserve the same coverage as the Tribune Press readers?
Truth in Christianity
“Post-Truth,” named the 2016 word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries, describes a culture where public opinion is framed primarily by appeals to emotion and where factual rebuttals are ignored. President-elect Trump has now become the poster child for post-truth. One example is his claim that murder rates are at a 45-year high. Speaking as a former criminal prosecutor who worked for one of the largest prosecutorial agencies in the world and as someone who pays attention to this stuff, I can tell you we’re actually at a 50-year low. Why does it matter? Ironically, it matters because it doesn’t: People don’t care that Trump is wrong about his assertion on murder rates. The error is viewed as insignificant, technical, because the point is that crime is an issue and people feel unsafe. Post-truth is scary because it’s compelling and ripe to further manipulate the masses, but when each lie is individually examined it doesn’t seem like such a big deal.
John 4:24 tells us that “God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” John 14:6 tells that that Jesus stated, “I am the way and the truth and the life.” It cannot be that we are both a Christian people and comfortable with a world leader who doesn’t much seem to care whether he speaks truth or disseminates lies. While it seems hopeless given the corruption and dishonesty in politics from both sides of the aisle, we can and should demand better of our leaders. It is not weak or naïve to expect Godliness from those in whom we entrust our government. “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders.” Isaiah 9:6