I despair at how obsessed our society has become with trivia that offers little, if any, positive and lasting benefit to our republic while virtually ignoring the things that are tearing it apart. Plastered across the front page of the Tuesday, Jan. 27 edition of The Olympian – and continued on page A8 – was a story about how the road to Arizona is full of Seahawks connections. If you’re a fan of an industry that demands that the public pay for its facilities, pays its commissioner upwards of $40 million a year and still, by an act of Congress, has the audacity to claim non-profit status, I guess that’s an important topic.
I wonder, though, why the frightening little, two-paragraph item buried down on the lower left-hand corner of page A5 is considered so unimportant. It reports that the Koch Brothers – why don’t we be honest and just call them the new Oligarch Party? – are planning to spend $900 million during the coming election season to buy the last remaining bits of our government they don’t yet own. It seems to be a question of priorities. Our priority is superficial entertainment. Are we really willing to trade the future of our republic for a little “right-now” entertainment?
Why isn’t the story of the Oligarch Party’s efforts to take over our government on page 1 and the story of a road trip to Arizona in an entertainment or sports section? And why would any rational person think we have a “liberal” media?
Delwin D. Fandrich