Who’s he call­ing dishonest

Record Observer - - Opinion -

Well, here we go with an­other weekly col­umn from what our pres­i­dent, Don­ald Trump, calls one of those “dishonest jour­nal­ists.”

It cer­tainly is a shame that the pres­i­dent must stand be­fore all those “dishonest jour­nal­ists” when he holds a news con­fer­ence and has to call on them to ask ques­tions which he should at­tempt to an­swer “truth­fully.”

I spent a good many years putting out a news­pa­per and work­ing for an­other news­pa­per be­ing as truth­ful as pos­si­ble with the sources I had or would get in con­tact with to get the facts. It is quite pos­si­ble that out of thou­sands of me­dia mem­bers around the na­tion that some do not check their sources well and might well be dishonest; but be­lieve me, the ma­jor­ity of our news­pa­per re­porters are fair-minded and do their best to get the facts cor­rectly as pos­si­ble.

I did not vote for Trump and said be­fore that I hope he will sur­round him­self with peo­ple who know gov­ern­ment and be­lieve in democ­racy, so we will see at the end of four years just who has been dishonest with Amer­ica. An ad­vi­sor to Trump in the White House called Steve Ban­non, wher­ever he came from, is re­ported to have said to the me­dia, “keep your mouth shut and just lis­ten.” Is this some kind of rul­ing tak­ing over the pub­lic’s right to know what our gov­ern­ment is do­ing?

I cer­tainly do not want to turn this per­sonal col­umn into any­thing po­lit­i­cal, but I must say that the much-too-hastily en­acted im­mi­gra­tion ban bill signed by Trump is not ex­actly what is needed for our na­tion. You can read more about it in Dan Ro­drick’s col­umn of the Sun to see what I mean. Cer­tainly we want to keep out the bad guys, but we must hold on to the good guys and women. We can’t turn Amer­ica into a po­lice state!

Let us all hope that the pres­i­dent will do more lis­ten­ing be­fore fly­ing off at the mouth in the fu­ture.

• • • WARM WIN­TER Well, I hope we can get through the rest of this weekly visit with­out the pres­i­dent or his “ad­vi­sor” telling me to shut up and just lis­ten:

It was a won­der­ful un­sea­son­able warm week­end in the mid­dle of Fe­bru­ary and we got a few things done in the yard, in­clud­ing plant­ing some daf­fodil bulbs, and fill­ing sev­eral bags of leaves and small twigs, hop­ing Lester Downes and his men be­gin pick­ing up yard de­bris soon. It was so nice to work out­side with­out a heavy jacket; of course, by the end of the week when you are read­ing this it may be snow­ing.

Now let’s see about some of these clip­pings I have here on the desk:

Here’s a page from the Pa­rade magazine in the Sun­day Sun from a week or so ago. I had marked the page where it talked about Abra­ham Lin­coln who would have been 208 that day. It noted that he was a li­censed bar­tender. Now that is a fact I have never seen be­fore about Mr. Lin­coln. You have to won­der what his fa­vorite drink was!

Then here was the copy I kept from the County Com­mis­sion­ers mid-term “Op­er­a­tional Re­port” that must have been sent to all tax­pay­ers. It was most com­pre­hen­sive. It is hard to re­al­ize that our sher­iff’s deputies re­sponded to and/ or ini­ti­ated over 76,000 calls for ser­vice in the past two years. And to see that our pub­lic works peo­ple resur­faced 480 miles of county roads.

I hope all my reader-friends took the time to read over the en­tire re­port from our com­mis­sion­ers.

• • • PI­O­NEER POINT SOLD? Here’s a clip­ping from the front page of the Record-Ob­server of Jan. 21, 1960, dur­ing the time I was edi­tor. I’m not sure why I kept the clip­ping as the main por­tion of it talks about the es­tate of John J. Raskob, Pi­o­neer Point, be­ing sold for a coun­tryclub type de­vel­op­ment. It was a lengthy piece, but did not say what the pur­chase price was.

It said that the value of the prop­erty had been listed at $6 mil­lion. The ar­ti­cle went on to say that a de­vel­op­ment group from Wash­ing­ton, D.C., wanted to turn the 1,600-acre prop­erty into a coun­try club with two golf cour­ses, a skeet and gun club, a yacht club with a com­plete boat ma­rina, and an airstrip for small planes.

The story also noted that the prop­erty was owned by R.J. Funkhouser, chair­man of the board of Vic­tor Prod­ucts Cor­po­ra­tion and mil­lion­aire head of Funkhouser In­dus­tries. He pur­chased it not long af­ter Mr. Raskob died. As we know the de­vel­op­ment of this beau­ti­ful es­tate never took place. I guess I’ll stick this clip­ping at the bot­tom of the pile of other stuff here on the desk just in case I want to look at it again.

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