Our thoughts

Spread­ing the wealth

The Covington News - - Sunday, march 4, 2012 -

We write an ed­i­to­rial like this ev­ery year, and ev­ery year it makes us proud to do so.

In our com­mu­nity we are blessed to have some ma­jor giv­ing in­dus­tries. One of those in­dus­tries is Gen­eral Mills. Not only does the plant on In­dus­trial Park Blvd. fill the air with the sweet aroma of Honey Nut Chee­rios, it pro­vides jobs.

Gen­eral Mills is also a part­ner with us in our Home­town Hero pro­gram where we honor folks that do ex­tra­or­di­nary things through­out the year. Ap­pro­pri­ately we call those folks Home­town Hero’s.

Ev­ery year, Gen­eral Mills, through its Com­mu­nity Ac­tion Coun­cil, con­trib­utes grants to worth­while non­prof­its. Fri­day the Gen­eral Mills Cor­po­ra­tion, staff and em­ploy­ees con­trib­uted more than $190,000 to 27 of those or­ga­ni­za­tions through­out the three sur­round­ing coun­ties. You can read the whole list in to­day’s pa­per.

We thank the Gen­eral Mills folks. Each of you helps our com­mu­ni­ties be bet­ter places to live. We also en­joy some great ce­real.

Po­lit­i­cal rhetoric

There has been much com­men­tary re­cently about the neg­a­tive ads be­ing run by all the pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates, both Demo­cratic and Re­pub­li­can, but es­pe­cially the Re­pub­li­can can­di­dates.

Both na­tional and lo­cal news out­lets have re­marked on how dis­taste­ful these ads are, how mean the com­men­taries are and how our repub­lic is surely go­ing down the tubes be­cause of it.

It is true that such ads are dis­taste­ful, but the truth of the mat­ter is from the be­gin­ning of our repub­lic mud has been thrown, and the con­tent has been much worse, at times, than it is to­day.

It ap­pears worse be­cause we live in a world of in­stant mass me­dia. Ev­ery­thing is re­ported, in­clud­ing what a can­di­date does in his per­sonal time. The re­sponse to that re­port­ing is in­stant also. Many times the peo­ple who do respond to sto­ries on can­di­dates can see no mid­dle ground; they see only their own point of view and be­lieve all oth­ers to be wrong, and there is no chang­ing those folk’s minds.

Wed­nes­day Newt Gin­grich, a Re­pub­li­can can­di­date for pres­i­dent, was in town. We felt priv­i­leged that a ma­jor po­lit­i­cal can­di­date would come to our com­mu­nity; it was like hav­ing a rock star visit.

We cov­ered it ex­ten­sively on the web and in the pa­per. Our cov­er­age also in­cluded a front page com­men­tary about Gin­grich’s com­ments at the rally. The com­men­tary should not have been on the front page; it should have run on our opin­ion page as it was some­one’s opin­ion. It was a mis­take in judg­ment by a new ed­i­tor; the is­sue has been ad­dressed in­ter­nally and cor­rected.

So for all of you who may have felt we pur­posely treated the for­mer speaker un­fairly, we is­sue a mea culpa. The real prob­lem we have with to­day’s pol­i­tics is the in­abil­ity of some of the most vo­cal of our cit­i­zens to show tol­er­ance when some­thing is said that dis­agrees with their own opin­ions. In­stead it’s viewed as one big con­spir­acy to cause harm, and that is the dif­fer­ence be­tween to­day’s pol­i­tics and the pol­i­tics of our fore­fa­thers.

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