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Obama achievement deserved front page coverage
The purpose of my letter is to address two concerns, both having to do with our local newspaper, The News-Enterprise.
First of all, I received a call from the ownership of our newspaper in the form of a survey in February. They asked if I thought the newspaper adequately covers the concerns of the community. My answer was yes, but with one exception. The coverage of African-Americans is inadequate, especially since we make up 25 percent of the Hardin County population, and considering the military homeownership population increase, both active duty and retired, in the last 25 to 30 years. The readership has therefore changed drastically and I think our newspaper should reflect this in its structure and adjustments.
Secondly, I and many others in the community were really upset and could not understand how our newspaper could witness the most significant history-making event of our lifetime occur, Sen. Barak Obama becoming the first African-American Democratic Party nominee for president of the United States, and make the decision that this event was not front page worthy.
I, or I should say we, feel the newspaper missed a great opportunity to acknowledge and pay tribute to one of the greatest achievements in the history of this country.
Four of us made an appointment and had an opportunity recently to discuss these points with Chris Ordway, publisher, and Warren Wheat, editor. The meeting went well, we made our positions known, and we agreed that a dialogue should continue, and they were open for future input. We came away pleased and feeling that we were taken seriously. We expressed we were only there to try and help make our newspaper better and more inclusive.
I want to express that we appreciate the opportunity to speak with Chris and Warren we stand ready to help enhance our newspaper. Our diversity is a blessing, not a curse.
T.J. Canedy Sr., member
Black Think Tank
of Hardin County
Don’t dismiss Hillary Clinton too soon
I find it amazing that, just a few short days after Barack Obama’s presumptive victory, the media is so dismissive of Hillary Clinton.
What a surprise the country is in for when the general public — rather than the superdelegates — vote in November and millions upon millions of voters are missing. It wouldn't take much thinking to discover who they are.
What a surprise Mr. Obama is in for when his campaign shows itself for what it really is by the unwillingness of millions of people to vote for him. Mr. Obama’s campaign has been a lopsided trot easily propped up and supported by the mainstream media; a campaign born of plagiarism of Sen. Clinton's key policy initiatives from start to finish. A campaign stricken with deliberate race pandering and trance-like speeches with no substance whatsoever by a junior senator with nowhere near the experience to take on the role of president of the greatest country in the world. It may be easy for some to just fall in line and play this game but I can guarantee that many, many people (especially women) never will forget.
The consequences of this outrage are yet to be seen but the outrage is very real, regardless of Mr. Obama and the media’s attempts to shove it under the carpet.