Paper balanced, society is not

I am continually surprised by the letters The Herald gets concerning its “balance.” Do these critics ever really read the Opinion Page? I think that any paper that prints Charles Krauthammer’s ultra-conservative views every Friday is bending backwards to show a degree of balance. Anyone who sees the political cartoons on the Opinion Page would see that Obama gets his share of needling. You would have to imitate the Chicago Tribune to squelch the critics who cry for “balance” and the Tribune provided us that classic headline, “Dewey Defeats Truman.”

What bothers me is not the balance or imbalance in our media but how much poverty exists in our country and how little is done by Republicans (or Democrats) to alleviate the situation. We have become a plutocracy where the condition of the vast majority is ignored by the elite (let them eat cake) minority. We don’t need “balance” to see that the middle class has stagnated economically while the top one per cent has flourished. We get a balanced budget and instead of using the surplus to pay off our debt, we use the surplus as an excuse to cut taxes. We readily send our young men off to fight wars, but keep them waiting for proper care when they return. What we need is a country where anyone can be president and not those with the most money. I can go on and on but I’ve already exceeded my limit. Balance is not the greatest problem. An entrenched political class with safe gerrymandered seats is.

A.P. Semeraro

Mukilteo

More in Opinion

Editorial: Don’t reverse rule on oil train brakes

The Trump administration, in its haste to reverse an Obama-era rule, is jeopardizing public safety.

Editorial cartoons for Wednesday, Dec. 13

A sketchy look at the day in politics and society.… Continue reading

Editorial cartoons for Tuesday, Dec. 12

A sketchy look at the day in politics.… Continue reading

Editorial cartoons for Monday, Dec. 11

A sketchy look at the day in politics.… Continue reading

Editorial: Yet another owner for The Everett Clinic

After its brief time with DaVita, uncertainty returns for the clinic with its sale to an insurer.

Editorial cartoons for Sunday, Dec. 10

A sketchy look at the day in politics.… Continue reading

Editorial cartoons for Saturday, Dec. 9

A sketchy look at the day in politics.… Continue reading

Other Voices: Gas pump stickers will outline state’s tax

Motorists soon will see stickerss on gas pump that show the state’s gas tax for each gallon.

Parker: Is Trump prepared for the fury his tweet released?

Amid heightened attention over sexual harassment, Trump just had to insult a senator — a woman.

Most Read