Union Democrat staff

Media role

To the editor:

I'm sorry that Lauri Day (Letters, March 5) chose to take my letter on the economy personally.

First of all, the title above the letter ("Brainwashed?") was not chosen by me, but by the paper. It would not have been my first choice. Second, I did not intend to gloat over the fate of the unemployed. I have been laid off twice in my career - the first time I had two young children and a non-working wife to support, the second time I was 56 and almost ready for the scrap heap. Both times it felt like the end of the world, but I am still alive and kicking.

The point of my original letter was that the media are actually contributing to the depth of this current recession by the way they report the news. A few examples:

• A radio news station refers to a 100-point drop in the Dow as "a major tumble". The next day, it calls a 300-point increase "a modest uptick."

• "Unemployment in California rockets to 10 percent." How about "Employment in California falls slightly to 90 percent"?

• Wolf Blitzer appearing on his CNN show looking and sounding like an undertaker.

I don't claim to know where we are heading in the current economic crisis, but believing everything you read on the Internet or see on TV is not going to help you feel better. The media loves bad news, and they will make you feel as bad as they can in the quest to sell papers or TV ads.

Malcolm Carden

Long Barn

Call to cooperate

To the editor:

Are the Republicans trying to sink the ship? How about a little cooperation - we are all in this together. All I hear from the Right is "No New Taxes," "No Spending." They don't seem to realize that if you don't have money circulating, the economy stagnates and sinks.

The quickest way to get the economy moving is to get money in the hands of the working class, those who need it and will spend it. This will put more people to work and generate more income and tax money for the government, and thereby more jobs. This has a snowballing effect.

Businesses are constantly trying to hold wages down, so they will make more profit. Efficiency and competitiveness are good, up to a point, but in the long run people need to have a little surplus of cash to purchase goods and services. Otherwise, business is not going to prosper, and nobody wins.

All segments of the society need to be 'stimulated', even arts and entertainment. We all need to be working and contributing in order to get the economy rolling again. Even "earmarks" have value if they put people to work and provide something useful for society. Let's get going. Cooperate.

Jerry Fueslein


Marriage Equality

To the editor:

Should Proposition 8 stand in the courts (powers that be, forbid), I have prepared my own proposition that I will be submitting for the June 2010 ballot immediately after the court's decision, should it be for Proposition 8.

This measure shall be known as the "Restore Marriage Equality Act" and will replace the current law, which reads: "Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California."

This shall be replaced by: "Marriage between any two consenting adults committing to live as one in love and life shall be valid and recognized in California. The Legislature shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation."

With more and more people supporting equal rights for all, I know that equality will prevail. Like all battles for civil rights, nothing comes easy. I am proud to be a straight supporter of gay rights, and will proudly lead the way to restore marriage equality.

Michael Herman


GOP leader?

To the editor:

He's back! "Professor" Newt Gingrich, the ethics-challenged former House speaker who left Congress (temporarily, it seems) in disgrace, now seeks to be the voice of the Republican Party ... again. However, he will have to displace Rush Limbaugh, the self-proclaimed spokesman for the GOP. This is truly a gargantuan task, from the looks of the once again obese "Rushbaugh".

Who will the Republicans select as their leader? Newt, a college-educated, published historian? Or Rush, a college dropout and recovering drug addict who has never dared to run for elective office and who opted to serve as a "gofer" for the Kansas City baseball club, serving food and drink to sports writers before finding his multi-million dollar niche behind a microphone spouting his political diatribes for the benefit of his "mega-dittoheads"?

If I were a betting man, my wager would be in favor of "Rushbaugh." Or will the GOP select Ann Coulter or Sarah Palin to spread the tent to cover the distaff side of the political spectrum?

Ray Mellana