stimulus to write you this letter came to me while watching
C-SPAN’s congressional review regarding the regulation of
our airwave communication and the inherent impact that has
on the other forms of communication, i.e., Metroland.
First let me state to you my hate for and of homogenized news
reporting, and secondly, my great and sincere appreciation
for your very truthful and insightful weekly publication.
This letter is written to you as one friend who now feels
it is time to say thank you for just being there. So many
times over these past years I have felt singular in my thoughts
and opinions on matters of politics, environment, corporate
and local issues only to find my only other source of agreement
has been you—Metroland. I do not ever see or hear anyone
else of like mind. For that, Metroland, I write this
letter to you to say thank you for being and existing in and
during my lifetime. You have been like a good friend usually
is—sometimes ignored—sometimes not completely listened to,
but as a good friend, you have always been there, strong,
honest and available and intelligent and sensitive—for fear
of going too far—I end, a friend, supporter and in great appreciation
for all you stand for.
To the Editor:
when you were taught in school that a democracy could only
function when there was an open dialogue of diverse voices
and opinions—whether those voices were liberal or conservative?
What happened? The media is now saturated with right-wing
programs broadcast by people who must have rabies. Is anyone
else as disgusted and frightened by the rhetoric used in the
media against liberals?
If you listen, you will hear liberals being called “rats,
traitors, Communists, Marxists, scum, idiots, dirtbags, vermin”
and of course, “un- American” by talk show hosts Limbaugh,
Savage and others. Right-wing talk-show host Michael Graham
said of Hillary Clinton, “I wanted to bludgeon her with a
tire iron. That’s what I wanted to do.” Unfortunately, it
appears that this hateful bullying in our media will only
get worse with the probable FCC proposal to further increase
media consolidation [“We the Media,” May 15].
Are we goose-stepping into Nazi territory where people are
threatened for their viewpoints? I can’t think of anything
more un-American than this.
Posting Our Sign
applaud Metroland for covering environmental concerns linked
to a proposed asphalt plant in Albany’s South End [Newsfront,
May 15]. We were complimented to see a sign from our campaign
against a massive coal-burning St. Lawrence Cement facility
proposed for nearby Columbia County included in the story—but
also concerned that readers might be confused.
The Stop the Plant sign featuring a billowing smokestack was
developed by the Hudson Valley Preservation Coalition to signal
the powerfully negative environmental and economic impacts
this pollution-spewing cement plant would bring to our region.
Our pride of ownership results merely from our ongoing efforts
to create visibility and public opposition to the ill-conceived
industrial city St. Lawrence Cement would like to build near
the city of Hudson.
We tip our hats to citizen activists throughout the Hudson
Scenic Hudson, Inc.
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