Propaganda is working

TO THE EDITOR: A most distinguished and many people's favorite bestselling astrophysicist, Neil de Grasse Tyson, was recently asked in an interview what he would do if he were president. His response was that he would not want to be president.

However, the problem is not incompetent government workers, the problem is incompetent politicians who control the government. What we need is to enlighten the voters who vote for incompetent politicians. Trump's not understanding that there was a law passed in the 1970s making it illegal to assassinate other countries leaders. This is different from killing a Baghdadi or Bin Laden, who were not part of any legitimate nation. Bin Laden was actually kicked out of Saudi Arabia.

It's not that voters are stupid, they are simply not educated in facts, history, critical thinking, scientific method or exposed to actual news partially due to Reagan's elimination of the Fairness Doctrine in the 1980s. This shortly led to the rise of hate/fake media, the likes of Limbaugh, Jones, Fox, etc. using very effective evangelical techniques to attract disaffected listeners.

This was largely due to the influence of corporate control of so much of our country's (and the world's) media, in order to gain maximum wealth. Nothing is as profitable as the war machine. Thus we have no control over a military budget which is many times what all of the rest of the countries spend when added together..

In addition, Bill Bennett, Reagan's education head, eliminated the public school requirement that every student have a civics course.

A discouraged voter.

PEGGY CONROY

West Chazy

 

 

 

No work ethic

TO THE EDITOR: I write this in total disgust. Apparently very few, if any, school-age students no longer feel it necessary to earn extra money by shoveling snow or mowing lawns.

What has happened to the work ethic many of us were brought up with? Here I am, a 78 year old visually and physically impaired male and my 80-plus sister had to shovel my sidewalk.

No one comes to my door looking for work. How sad and disgusting.

JIM CONLEY

Plattsburgh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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