A Crusader’s View – 5.04.10
Posted: Friday, May 7, 2010 11:29 am
By: Jeremy Thayer, Guest Columnist
Hello once again. Before I begin my column this week, I must address a piece published about me last Tuesday in The Press. Someone who wrote under the last name Barber, said that I did not check my facts about my column concerning a Value-Added Tax proposed by members of the Obama administration.
This person said that I need to “check my sources” and “I was just downing Obama in like every column I publish.”
May I please direct your attention to the April 27, 2010 (an entire week after my column on VAT was published), left-leaning New York Times. A piece titled “Obama tells debt commission, “Everything has to be on the table.”
Everything of course, includes Cap and Tax, Medicare reduction and/or elimination and yes, Value-Added Tax.
Obama also said according to Reuters in a piece titled, “Obama says consider EVERYTHING in tackling debt” written on April 28 in a direct quote, “It’s important that we not restrict the review or the recommendations that this commission comes up with in any way.”
I do thorough research for each column I write and those words came directly from Obama’s mouth in front of his so-called bi-partisan debt commission. So please, “check your sources” before you submit to The Press. Thank you.
Now for something different. Originally my subject this week was to write about the oil spill crisis in the ocean, but because of lack of Internet and sleep, I decided to write about something of epic proportions that hits closer to home.
Friday and Saturday were eventful to say the least.
On both nights, I, like so may others, was up to unheard of late hours completely unsettled about out weather reports. With rhythmic consistency, my weather radio was constantly signaling about the latest tornado sighting or thunderstorm to come through. In today’s technological age, I was able to listen to my radio, watch the digital weather channel on my television, gawk at the storm-tracking radar on my computer and talk to complete strangers on Facebook about what they have experienced.
All of this was live at the same while it was happening.
One such report among many came from the Weakley County Press via Facebook around 2 a.m., early Sunday. It was a report of a spotted and approaching tornado, extremely close to where I live that I was totally unaware of.
At that time, I had fallen asleep from sheer exhaustion with my computer still on and a neighbor woke me up alerting my family to the news. This caused me to quickly seek out what was going on.
The Press had posted an alert about a spotted tornado in our immediate area that had seemingly put Facebook at a standstill for several minutes.
This sobering news was given without alert on my weather radio and did not come on television until after it had already passed. Luckily, the rotation-filled storm turned its course and quickly towards Hickman, Ky. Without incident.
The point I am trying to make is, in 2010, people are saturated with technology. But sometimes, in spite of such an electronic culture, low-tech virtues such as vigilance and integrity outshine their competitors. Someone at a seemingly “old-world” newspaper, a paper that in this technocratic world of bits and bytes has been discarded in many people’s minds, was watching out for their public early Sunday morning.
They didn’t have to. Nothing has bound them to the public trust such as a doctor or meteorologist. But, in that blackened hour of great uncertainty, an hour in which many were sleeping, someone at The Press was there warning its masses of danger.
Integrity and loyalty is a more valued thing than popularity.
Today, the storms have passed. People have returned to work and play. And the hard working have returned to the Weakley County Press to once again act as beacons of light in the unchartered waters of life.
I believe that whoever was at the helm representing The Press during our nights of seeming danger needs to be greatly rewarded. My family was awake and ready to enter the storm shelter at an extremely late hour because of a neighbor’s diligence and a faithful person at the Weakley County Press.
I am sure that there were other reports made about this particular tornado at the same time from other avenues of media.
But, in that time of need, what matters is, that which is readily available, not what is unknown. Sometimes “local loyalty” far outweighs “big city popularity.”
Thank you Press!
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