Offering editing tips
When launched by Gannett the USA TODAY newspaper’s national success hinged on presenting basic “Who, What, When, Why and Where” informative articles sometimes in one or two paragraphs but always complete on one page.
Now all of Gannett’s newspapers’ articles are the length of novelettes sometimes covering several pages and larded with purple prose requiring readers to search through several paragraphs for the point and salient details of the story.
This runs totally contrary to the recognized wisdom that folks today are too busy and impatient to spend time slogging through the current journalistic word salads presented as (maybe buried in there somewhere) news.
It seems to me that the salvation of journalism would best be served by going back to the basic pyramid style of newspaper reporting I was taught in journalism school. It required that the aforementioned important five “W’s” appeared in the first paragraph and allowed readers to then decide if they wanted to read any following details.
C. A. Farrington, Fort Myers
‘Because we can’
The debate over finalizing Florida’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year contained a statement that sums up the disdain the legislature’s Republican majority has for the will of the people and the democratic process.
When Democrat Susan Valdes asked a simple question about why the majority included language requiring school districts to apply for American Rescue Plan funds that were supposed to go directly to the districts, Republican Randy Fine, who was defending the bill, replied, “because we can.”
Nothing could better sum up the arrogance with which the Republican majorities in both houses of the Florida legislature carry out their constitutional duties.
They consistently run roughshod over legislative process rules and sound policymaking because, at the behest of their corporate handlers and the radical Republican agenda focused on disenfranchising those who might vote against them, they can.
Who loses out in all this? You and me, and any semblance of rational policy making for our benefit.
When it next comes time to go to the polls here in Florida, remember this dynamic. When Republican state officials ask why we voted to oust them, we will simply say, “because we can.”
Journalists just stirring it up
First of all I would like to state that The News-Press is the most political biased paper I have ever read since I was living in a city in Indiana.
I shouldn’t have to tell anyone what party they back and bow down to. Anyone who reads it can make the distinction immediately. A lot of the articles are written by journalists from USA Today in which most of them are, in my opinion, delusional and dwell on writing articles that people who read it and believe what they read causes division between the races.
There was an article today from a journalist from USA Today talking about suicide and pain. The article started out pretty interesting, however it turned to racism when a black woman is killed by police we say her name. Now I ask you, when a black woman is killed by their own race, do they still say her name. It is a well known fact that black on black crime is a lot more prevalent than any other race involved especially the isolated events of the police. Journalism is dead and the only motivation for most of them is to divide this great nation and make it a war zone.
Daniel Emerick, Fort Myers
What are ‘they’ afraid of?
Those saying there was no election fraud in 2020 haven’t seen the evidence, and corporate and social media are colluding to hide facts from the American people. It was on full display, with physical proof and footnotes, at the recent Georgia hearing. The hacking of the voting machines in “real time” over the internet during the run-off election proved it could be done in a snap. Other swing states are now performing forensic audits to verify election integrity. Why would any American be against finding out the truth?
The preposterous lie that minorities aren’t capable of getting a government ID to vote is racist on its face and downright insulting. Every state allows at least two weeks or more to vote, including weekends, and any legal citizen can request an absentee ballot.
We should all be suspect of those desperately attempting to block the forensic audits. What are they afraid if?
Lori Borman, Naples
Do your part
Getting a COVID vaccination is performing a public service for our nation! Not doing so is a disservice!
Allowing most of us to take the onus of getting the nation to herd immunity, while not doing your part (unless there is documented legitimate medical reason for not doing so) is a selfish act that delays the return of numerous personal and economic freedoms that have been taken away.
It may sound harsh but the thinking is similar to those who avoided the draft during war times. Someone else can defend my freedom. Please help us all out.
David Davis, North Naples