Where is the real worst trouble spot?

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

The media continues to ignore important news. On May 9, Canada dedicated an Afghanistan war monument to honor 40 American troops, along with Canadian soldiers, and there was no mention on American networks.

On CBS, former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates stated the worst trouble spot lay between Capitol Hill and the White House. But the greatest danger lies at the feet of politicians and the press.

Graduating hopefuls are stepping out into the world. Yet without a system that fights for justice and fairness these newcomers will be doers or victims. Coming to North America to escape wrongs of the old world, our forefathers believed in the right to know. Yet now there’s no free press fighting injustice.

Freedom of speech, with a fair objective press, was started by our forefathers to do better in this new land. Our new land might not be so fresh now, but where are the righteous idealistic notions brought here many years ago?

The trouble Gates speaks of comes from growing high speed media and the press’ disrespectful reporting. Overlooking injustice enables more wrongs to be committed by those Gates complains of. At fault are the media and press for not doing in-depth investigative journalism.

I witnessed events that were altered in press reports back in 1970s Belfast when I was a freelance correspondent.

I have complained countless times about Greenwich problems, to no avail. Political leaders are supposed to be in office to safeguard the common good, yet they ignore continuous injustice. Even with the near miss death of a local leader’s wife, there’s no action with our medical institutions.

I continually propose reasonable, efficient ideas and are led to believe they will be supported. Yet they are dismissed. My continuing efforts of more than 40 years have added up to over seven figures lost. I’m led to believe support will come and because of my desire to contribute I continue. Yet my efforts go unassisted.

Gates talks of the worst trouble spot right at home and leaves credit to no individual. To the north, Canada gives credit where it’s due. What’s missing?


Jim C. Reilly

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