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Citizens can help put end to vitriol in Washington

Posted: January 15, 2011 9:46 p.m.
Updated: January 16, 2011 4:55 a.m.

The tragic shooting on Jan. 8 will remain as a reminder to citizens of our country of what can happen when they are subjected to the worst incivility among politicians, print media, TV shows and radio talk shows in the history of the United States.

By the following Monday, the media was back to bashing the opposite political party. Columnists in major print media viciously attacked the Republicans.

It seems both parties set out to divide the country.

What can Americans do to stop the vitriol without damaging their freedom of speech? The following are just a few suggestions:

* Send an e-mail, phone call or letter when you hear anything on radio or view on television the vitriol from your party or the other party, and be emphatic in your statement that you will not watch the channel or listen to the station. Stop subscribing to the newspaper or magazine.

* Send a copy to the show’s host, panelists and the sponsors of the program. State you will not purchase their product if they cannot reduce the incivility of the TV program or any other medium that the firm uses to sell their product.

* Send your senator or representative notice if they are involved in vitriolic bashing or arguing on public media. Advise the politicians that you will not vote for him or her in the next election.

Also, I was surprised that The Signal did not have a word on the front page in the Sunday edition (the day following the shooting) regarding the tragic events in Arizona.

In the Monday edition, there was a small article, but the coverage could have been better.  

The Signal is outstanding in its coverage of Santa Clarita community news. Keep up the splendid growth.


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