I give both of them them an “A” for sophistication, relevance to our current political climate, and downright “common sense.” If I was still an editor of a large monthly publication, I would select both of them for their content and timeliness.
This is from Alejandro Zuniga;
I have read a few articles on the Press Enterprise website, and to be honest I am appalled at the type news gets coverage. Historically speaking, the world is at its least violent levels it has ever been, but this is not reflected in our media. Hollywood executives, lobbyists, and politicians are no help. Our movies are profusely inundated with violence, love, or disparaging what it is to be a well-rounded person. Those who look to our media for relevant information will only find ambiguity of facts, and I find that what is released in news outlets (most, not all) do not express the views of all sides of an argument to include counterpoint and a few questions. Today, what is reported on for the most part, is dissent instead of unity, when in fact there is actually more unity than dissent. There a re many oppressive regimes out there, not just governments. But, I believe there are far more people who are willing to listen to reason and if given the opportunity, will make changes in our communities for the better. It is one thing show someone that the world can be dangerous, it is another selling that idea for profit. Whether it be papers, guns or medicine. None of it is conducive to the improvement of the citizenry, and to that extent the government (because it is made up of people to the best of my understanding), because the people are the government in these lands. We should reflect on our actions towards others more than their actions on us.
This following letter is written in the rhetoric of Jonathan Swift, when he wrote “A Modest Proposal.” This is an example of excellent satire. (see the videos about “A Modest Proposal” before you read the text, if you haven’t done so already).
This letter is from Spencer Garcia:
Convicts on parole are finding it easier to get away with deactivating their tracking devices. /this is disturbing. Sex offenders aren’t as scared to break parole anymore because our jails have become so overcrowded that they know they will probably walk free. Placing a small concentrated explosive inside their tracking devices will certainly discourage them from removing it or violating parole. If they try to deactivate it the explosive will simply detonate, causing another threat to the people.
Of course, I realize that this is a safety issue because the explosion could injure nearby citizens. I have another solution. Clear out the prisons to make room. Take the convicted murderers and serial killers and put thm down. Permanently replace the life sentence with the death penalty. There is no reason point in housing someone who is going to die in prison. This not only saves the tax payers’ money, but clears ou prisons for the sex offenders.