People are easily offended
I read yet another story about someone who was offended by a cross erected 75 years ago at a WWI burial site owned by the U.S. government.
The gentleman filed a suit to have the giant cross removed or covered over because it somehow offended him. I’m not quite sure what mental torture this symbol was causing him. It is sad that people who feel offended or are so overly sensitive feel they can press their views, or lack thereof, on the general populace and twist the First Amendment to fit their viewpoint.
They try to eliminate any vestiges of others’ beliefs in the name of diversity because one person in a group of thousands might get offended. Another gleaming example is a woman who sported an American flag in her workplace in honor of her daughter who is in Iraq and was asked to remove it because a person from another country was offended. When did our national flag become offensive?
The people touting the diversity banner want you to conform only to their viewpoint. Sure you can speak freely, as long as it falls into their viewpoint. If not, you are to be silenced.
And don’t let the truth get in the way of the argument. The First Amendment guarantees the right to speak and believe freely; it does not guarantee the right to silence those who disagree with you.
Those who have nothing to do but get offended should get a life and get over it.
Library fines hit the poor hardest
As a cost cutting measure, the Timberland board of trustees has decided to implement a fine system for overdue materials.
Library fines are typically more costly for the library system than a system without fines. The real intent of fines is to limit the number of library users and thus cut costs.
Most people who get fines never come back to the library, and most people who get fines are low-income, with decreased access to transportation and less discretionary hours in their day.
Sadly, because most poor people are children, that means one of the last remaining resources to education and information is denied to the very kids who need it most if they are to escape poverty.
There were plenty of alternatives that would have reduced use by those who can afford it while protecting access for low-income children, but the library board has made the choice to take away library privileges from those who need it most.
For the sake of the children, I encourage you to contact the board and ask them to reconsider.
Young voices must not be silenced
As a parent, I am frustrated and saddened to read about increased budget cuts and reduced opportunities for our community’s youth. In difficult economic times such as these it is even more important to provide positive social opportunities for our families and kids.
Disenfranchised people often feel their voices are mute, causing frustration, adding further to our social demise. And, if most community members are tuned into national media sources every night, it’s hard to get a feel for local needs and strengths.
I’d like to remind fellow residents that here in our community, Thurston Community Television provides communication resources to empower residents, groups and government to speak to each other and to ensure that a local media outlet for open and free expression is available to all.
TCTV provides the training, production tools, distribution channels, and a supportive team to help us broadcast our ideas.
A healthy community is one that has access to information and engages in community dialogue. Through this, we can awaken to our own diversity and unity, becoming storytellers and advocates for our own local priorities.
TCTV’s Youth & Young Adult Media Program, Young Producer’s Network, and Youth Media Summer Camp are empowering young voices and allowing their ideas and observations to be heard, engaging kids around local youth initiatives that build a sustainable world and at the same time prepare them for careers.
Individuals, businesses, nonprofit organizations and government agencies can join. The cost is minimal. The time is now.
Media must focus on the good news
I find it repulsive to turn the TV on or even read the newspapers.
Why do we only focus on all the negative and hostile events that occur, but rarely do we ever see uplifting news, or receive positive reassurance. We’re immune to the acceptance of the worst, and that’s extremely disheartening.
Yes, it’s important to keep the world updated on certain events for safety precautions, but is it necessary to go to the extreme?
We don’t have to pinpoint every murder, or robbery. The people need to know there is more to life than unfortunate events, and the only people who can reach out to the public are the media.
They must start putting positive news into our lives. Research the things that matter. Granted that’s bias, because everyone’s opinions will be different on what’s actually important and matters. But the most we can do is try.
The public should hear about charities, and all the good that many do but without recognition.
I hope the media takes this into deep thought and consideration. It’s very important that we all know there are many uplifting things happening around us, and to not just focus on all the negative happenings.