The LuLac Edition 3474, April 19th, 2017
Weeks after Steve Corbett left WILK there are still people who are writing Letters To the Editor and expressing their dismay at his departure. This letter by Ashley resident Jim Spock makes the point that Corbett was the check against Trump the candidate. He's right. People are so blinded by the President's tweets and cries of fake news that someone like Corbett is needed to call out the nonsense that so many people are buying hook, line and sinker. Many will say that there is virtually no distinction between Trump the candidate and Trump the President.
Here's Spock's letter:
Editor: It’s quite unfortunate that the management at WILK Radio saw fit to remove Steve Corbett from the local airwaves recently. In doing so, they have pulled the plug on one of the few consistently progressive voices in our local media in recent years. And they have replaced him with more right-wing, pro-corporate opinions plus a happy host who wants to avoid saying anything negative on the air.
If there are politicians, business leaders or other negative forces doing bad things in our region, our country or the world, I don’t want to listen to more media people pretending all is well and being afraid to say anything negative.
I want to hear the truth. Then we can confront these people, these organizations and these issues so we can work to solve all the problems facing us, not bury our heads in the sand or blindly follow some pied piper who is nothing more than the world’s biggest con artist.
Lord knows, since Donald Trump has assumed power and brought his dangerously biased views about our country and the world into the White House, along with an open-door policy for his billionaire cronies and their apologists, we need more anti-Trump people like Corbett to sound the alarm. And we need more citizens to stay informed, become activists and do our best to limit the damage being done while Trump is in power.
From human rights, workers’ rights, women’s issues, economic and racial justice, environmental problems and especially the looming potential catastrophe of unchecked climate change, Mr. Trump’s warped vision presents a clear and present danger to our democracy, our way of life and the future of our planet.
Now, I must admit that I did not always agree with Corbett on every issue, nor did I always like his style. But he, and other political gadflies like him, serve a vital role in a democratic society. They challenge our assumptions, our preconceived notions and our ideas and beliefs on so many issues. And part of becoming an educated person and an informed citizen is to listen carefully to other opinions, other points of view and to rethink even our most cherished beliefs.
I hope Mr. Corbett will continue to speak out and express his views, regardless of how many feathers may be ruffled in the process. And I think we all would do well to follow his example.