Who’s he calling dishonest
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.