Wednesday's Letters to the Editor

<b>Slanted coverage</b>

EDITOR: When Hamas fires hundreds of rockets from Gaza on towns in Israel, and one has only 15 seconds to find shelter, aren't Israeli children and adults terrified and traumatized just as much as Gazans? When an Israeli child is killed, don't you think parents deeply grieve? When a parent is killed, aren't Israeli children orphaned as well? Are not Israelis also crippled for life from wounds inflicted by rockets?

Judging from the news and featured photos, it seems that only Gazans suffer trauma and pain. The press mixes a confusing, verbal brew that suggests the instigators of rocket fire are the true victims. The press has the power to sculpt opinions; it does so in this case by mixing up and masking chronological facts. Headlines usually begin with Israel's military response to rockets from Gaza, but one has to get to the last paragraphs to find out how the conflict started and protracted.

Living as we do thousands of miles away from these events, we live in the virtual world created and slanted by the press. We know very little about what is going on in the real world, on the ground in Israel and Gaza.


Santa Rosa

<b>Set politics aside</b>

EDITOR: The election is over. A commentator on Fox said the president is a lame duck. What is actually true is that he doesn't need to campaign any more and can do the job we hired him to do. Likewise, the Republicans can quit obsessing about making him a one-term president and do the job that we hired them to do.

Let's see a little cooperation as we saw with the president and the governor of New Jersey after hurricane Sandy. Granted, they needed each other. The president needed to look presidential, and the governor needed expedited federal aid. This should also be true of Republicans and Democrats. They need one another to make this country work.


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