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Today's word on journalism

Monday, October 22, 2007

Can’t Scare the Old Gray Lady:

"Good journalism for an intelligent general audience is hard. And we’re really good at it. Taking on The Times is not as easy as waving a credit card and proclaiming yourself 'fair and balanced. . . .' We have every reason to feel confident that we can hold our own if [Rupert] Murdoch decides to build The Journal beyond its business-reader base. In all the Murdoch parlor-gaming, I don’t hear anyone suggesting that he would attempt to match the depth of our coverage in culture, science, education, health, religion, sports, lifestyle, etc., etc. Not to mention business coverage that even devout Journal readers find they can’t afford to miss."

-- Bill Keller, editor, New York Times, on Murdoch’s promised Wall Street Journal challenge to Times national dominance, Oct. 16, 2007

Parents, be responsible for your kids

By Brittany Strickland

September 28, 2007 | We work all week, most of us from early in the morning into the dark hours of the evening, and when we finally reach Friday and think to ourselves, "Thank God it's Friday!" I guarantee that we do not also think, "Wow, I can't wait to go to a movie and have a random child pull my hair and kick my seat! That will be a perfect way to end the week!"

Any sane person does not want to be annoyed by a rude child or an inconsiderate adult during their allotted time for fun and leisure. It is the job of the parent to control their child and keep their manners maintained. If not for others, than at least for the child's well-being.

Supermarkets are not the place for loose, obnoxious children and their accompanying incompetent adults. Nor is a church, a play, a movie, a park, a restaurant or really any other area that may be occupied by people. It is a sad observation that the majority of parents leave their kids to roam and scream, leaving only the public to watch over them.

Yet it is apparently the public's fault if we have any say in their abilities as disciplinarians. It appears that many parents have forgotten that they have obligations to the children that they have brought into this world. A discouraging statistic follows this observation: Though parents may not consider their superfluous acts as those of negligence, they are. Over half of all child abuse cases are reports of neglect, many complaining of the lack of adult supervision. Children are on their own.

Who's the real parent here?

It is a severe understatement to say that being a parent is easy, but that is not justifiable as an excuse. Those who welcome children into this world should be willing to take care of them under any and all circumstances. There should be consequences for bad behavior and rewards for good -- acknowledgment for both. If there is no common courtesy apparent in parents, children will most likely grow up equally as irresponsible. It's a consistent cycle. At this rate, we may never be able to enjoy a quiet movie again.

No matter where children are, parents should be there too.


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