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Letters: Vigilance needed to spot fake news

Vigilance needed

to spot fake news

Sinclair Broadcast Group is probably the most powerful company you’ve never heard of. The conservative giant owns around 170 TV stations across the country, including our local West Palm Beach CBS affiliate,WPEC. Sinclair has been pushing its right-wing agenda since the Bush administration and, like Fox, has close ties to Trump.

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It’s been reported that they order their local anchors to read corporate-written editorials to push their views and criticize other new sources.

This is just another example — as with the plethora of information coming out about Cambridge Analytica targeting citizens on Facebook, Russian bots flooding social media every single day and their proven meddling in our elections — at mind control.

I implore my fellow citizens to be more vigilant and realize that they must scrutinize what they hear and read and try to sort out what is opinion and what is real news and not be manipulated.


Better screening will

address ‘gun’ problem

It is interesting that suggestions for solving the “gun” problem often come from people who have obviously never owned a gun.

One writer suggests raising the age of ownership to 21 (my first gun was a Christmas present when I was 10 years old) and completely removing all semi-automatic firearms, which presents a problem since it is estimated that approximately 52 percent of all firearms in private ownership are semi-automatic and approximately 60 percent of firearms currently being produced are semi-automatic.

I happen to fall into the camp that says we’re addressing the symptom and not the problem. Let’s beef up the background check process to weed out people who have shown evidence of aggressive behavior, severe depression or radical principles.

It would also be a good idea to teach gun safety to all adolescents to ensure that, should they come in contact with firearms, they realize how dangerous they can be and the best way to handle them safely.


Postal Service OK’d

deal with Amazon

President Trump’s outburst about Amazon does not make any sense. The real culprit is not Amazon. It’s the U.S. Postal Service.

Dealmaker Trump must correct his venom away from Amazon, since it was the Postal Service that accepted the deal and is paying the agreed-upon price for delivery service for Amazon.

I am not a Trump fan (nor am I a fan of Amazon), but what is right and fair should be noted, rather than the present existing publicity of this ongoing affair.


Longer tweets have

forever changed us

Everyone knows (or should know) that Dec. 7, 1941, the day the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, has been called “a date that will live in infamy.”

Now, nearly 77 years later, after continually viewing this president’s actions, I would like to add a second date: Nov. 7, 2017.

This is the date Twitter increased the size of tweets from 140 to 280 characters. We have not been the same since.


Eyeglasses resulted

in passport rejection

The U.S. State Department just rejected my application for a passport renewal. The reason? I’m wearing eyeglasses in my passport photo.

I wear glasses all day, every day. I wear glasses when I’m leaving or entering the country. I am wearing glasses in every passport photo in every U.S. passport that I have ever received.

With this kind of bureaucratic nonsense emanating from Washington, why is anyone surprised that Donald Trump was elected to “drain the swamp”?


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