Radio station did the best it could during snow storm
To the editor:
I must respond to the letter from Amy Newlin on Tuesday, Feb. 1, in The Herald-Mail, berating the local electronic media for their lack of what she termed “valuable news” while she was stranded in her car on the east side of South Mountain on Interstate 70. This occurred during the snow storm of Jan. 26.
I sympathize with her frustration from being in that situation. However, there would have been little that the local radio stations could have told her other than there had been a tractor-trailer accident that blocked all lanes of I-70 going west, and tractor-trailers were stuck in both lanes heading eastbound.
This information was broadcast on WJEJ radio. We got our information from folks who were in the same situation as she, and were thoughtful enough to let others know what was going on by calling the station on their cell phones.
That’s about as much as a local radio station can do in that circumstance. Non-metropolitan radio stations do not have the financial capability to have a dozen reporters to stand out on the roads and tell us it’s snowing and there could be accidents, and we sure couldn’t afford a helicopter.
Perhaps the next time you’re stuck in traffic on either side of South Mountain, and you see traffic stopped in front of you for miles, please know that people from the State Highway department and Maryland State Police troopers are out in that weather working to make it possible for you to get home. Call the radio station and tell them your situation. They’ll try to get some information for you.
John T. Staub
WJEJ radio station
Two letters are merely right-wing scare tactics
To the editor:
In response to letters on consecutive days, “Democrats, media jump to conclusions in Arizona shootings” and “Repeal Obamacare.”
Mr. Weddle, we get your intent. You don’t like Obama personally, or his policies.
In response to Al Eisner’s letter, the correct terminology of the bill is The Affordable Health Care Act. Obamacare is an attempt to demonize this bill, much in the way “Socialist, terrorist Muslim” were used endlessly and ultimately unsuccessfully in the 2008 campaign.
The GOP effort, and I use this term loosely, to repeal this bill, is nothing more than a symbolic futile waste of Congress’ time and the taxpayers’ money, yet for whatever self-serving reasons, they choose to continue.
The simple fact is this, they don’t have the votes in the Senate. Much like the effort to impeach President Clinton in 1998, the right-wingers knew it then and sadly they know it now.
To quote Henry Thoreau, “Once is philosophy, twice is perversion.”