If anyone doubts bias in national media, look at reporting on tariffs. Report after report is only on the negatives: higher prices for avocados, tomatoes, cars, with no mention that we have paid huge costs — to subsidize those lower prices — in other ways.
National media — thanks to deregulation — is now owned by a shocking handful of economic powers using it to control the national conversation and to put forth only their message — or propaganda. Democracies require full information, exactly what — until Ronald Reagan abolished it — the Federal Communication Commission’s Fairness Doctrine required, or broadcasters could lose broadcast licenses.
We deserve full reporting — pro and cons — including how tariffs once protected manufacturing, agriculture and jobs that meant a thriving nation and middle class. With climate change, we also deserve examination of the wisdom of importing globally — with a ghastly carbon footprint — that which we can produce here.
Art all around
For those who haven’t been in Toyota of Santa Fe’s new showroom, you need to go. Thanks to general manager Buddy Espinosa (“Toyota of Santa Fe in new ‘state-of-the-art facility,’ ” In brief, May 29, 2018), who helped design it, the mural on the showroom wall is not just beautifully painted but is also a magnificent display of Santa Fe-area landscapes and storied buildings. Thank God it isn’t outside, where some vandal would think it is theirs to desecrate. So many retailers present such beauty in their stores, and so much of it is missed by our absences. Thanks to all Santa Fe artists.
‘Temporary’ bone spurs
Donald Trump’s actions in Japan over Memorial Day and his actions on the 75th anniversary of D-Day hit close to home and are unconscionable.
My wife and I both grew up in the military. I am 79 years old and have strong memories of the Second World War, growing up in Fort Bragg, N.C. My father was an artillery instructor at Fort Bragg and went on to be on Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s staff in Tokyo after the war. I had an uncle who was captured at the Battle of the Bulge and became a prisoner of war in Germany. I served in the U.S. Navy onboard a destroyer that went to Vietnam in 1960-61 (we weren’t there).
My wife’s father was a highly decorated fighter pilot in the Pacific, who received the Navy Cross five times (the highest Navy award next to the Medal of Honor), and was a flight operations officer on Guadalcanal. He went on to be one of President John F. Kennedy’s chief of staff members. My wife is proud of her father’s service and glad that he survived the war. I am proud of my father’s and my service; it seemed the thing to do. “Bone spurs” — give me a break — that was the best he could do.
U.S. Navy, JO 3rd class, retired
Partly to blame — at least
The president of the United States is often felt to be the most powerful and influential person on Earth. The present occupant of that role is proving to be the hater-in-chief. Everyone who doesn’t agree with him is subject to gratuitous insults. Hillary Clinton should be locked up. Joe Biden has low intelligence. Meghan Markle is nasty; even Bob Mueller, formerly a friend, is on the list. The New York Times and the Washington Post, usually considered to be factual and unbiased, now publish fake news. Half or more of the U.S. population are Democrats and are labeled evil.
It seems our world is permeated with hate these days. Mass shootings are frequent, while gays and Jews are targeted. Personally, I think it is reasonable to hold Donald Trump at least in part to blame. Some may agree with his policies, but I don’t see how anyone can stomach his behavior.