Your Editor’s Notebook about abusive language was thoughtful and insightful (“Responding to obscenities with words of wisdom,” page A6, Sept. 13 Herald). Sadly, those who behave this way probably don’t read newspapers.
When I walk my dogs through our neighborhood, I’m struck by the fact that so few of my neighbors subscribe to any newspaper or bother to retrieve their copy of the North Kitsap Herald before it gets soggy and unreadable. I doubt that they watch TV news either. I consider local newspapers indispensable for citizens who want to be informed voters.
Too many voters get their information from distorted Internet posts placed by paid propagandists to polarize and mislead. These skilled propagandists are employed by some of the same billionaires who anonymously fund superPACs and phony “grassroots” movements. Sadly, the uninformed are too easily misled, and haven’t tumbled to the fact that the libertarian ideology is a clever scam perpetrated by powerful predators who want to weaken government so they can take it over.
Beware of wolves posing as friends of individual liberty and freedom from government regulation — and protection.