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Letters miss mark

Published: Monday, May 19, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

The May 10 edition had a pair of letters to the editor railing against the current administration in Washington (“Missing Benghazi story” and “Sorry state for America”).

In this tag-team approach, one writer took the media, including the Northwest Herald, to task for not reporting on the Benghazi scandal. The other faulted the president for just about everything imaginable, beginning with ruling against the will of the American people. Given enough space I’m sure the letter writer would have blamed Obama for high gasoline prices, the weather, and even the Treaty of Trianon.

The media are not hiding anything about the Benghazi story. A new Congressional investigation soon will be underway. Depending on who you believe, the investigation is either a serious effort to get at the truth or an election-year stunt to keep a scandal front and center in the public eye.

Basically, unbiased coverage of this is available from the wire services (page A3 of the same May 10 edition, in fact). Informed opinion is available on the paper’s Opinion page.

That’s the way most newspapers work.

The other writer’s letter is a massive case of sour grapes. We have elections this fall, and the big one in two years. Work for something instead of falling into the easy habit of simply spewing venom.

For example, write your congressman and senators about your ideas for the Ukraine situation. They do listen to constructive ideas.

Michael A. Rugh

Lake in the Hills

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