New Castle News

April 2, 2013

News fails to cover today’s war activities

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — Editor, The News:

Our daughter came home from school the other day and said that she had asked her history teacher why they don’t cover the wars in the news today like they used to.

She’s right. I can remember that the Vietnam War was in the news every day. They would tell you every day what the count was for those lost in battle to date.

The war was ever present in our lives. Never did we forget all the young men whose lives were in constant danger.

Along with the coverage of the war, was also coverage of the ever-growing protest to the war. There was also coverage of those who avoided the draft, known as draft dodgers, who either enrolled in college to avoid the draft or fled the country to Canada. In 1970, four students were shot and killed by the Army National Guard while protesting the war at Kent State.

Today, sometimes you have to stop and remember that there is a war going on and that there are lives in danger in Afghanistan or some other location in the Middle East. In the 1960s and 1970s, there was a real heartfelt patriotic following of what was going on. I never gave it a thought until she said this.

I asked her what her teacher said and she said “good question, I don’t know.” The news doesn’t cover the news as it did and reporters don’t ask the president those tough questions or put pressure on our leaders.

Back in the 1960s and 1970s, they (the president and our leaders) felt the disapproval from America. They had an America to answer to. I don’t remember the news reported as Democrat or Republican either, or at least not to the extent that it is today.

Sara Murdock

Knox Avenue

New Castle