Letters to the Editor

That’s the way it used to be

I so deeply wish that Walter Cronkite were here today. His insights on the events of the day were always a treasure. Today’s news cycles have become chaotic feeding frenzies rather than dissemination of facts. Most networks strive to grind an ax rather than report the news. It seems that when either liberal or conservative media air something, we listeners and viewers swallow it hook, line and sinker without exercising the slightest bit of common sense. What has become of the Cronkite approach to journalism?

I can’t say that I’ve ever seen a more divided America than I see today. It is as though every bounty that this country offers its citizens is a plum for the plucking and a wealth for the hoarding. Shallowness is rampant. The word “share” has become an archaic term taking up space in the dictionary.

Through the horrors of the Kennedy assassination and the Vietnam War to the triumphs and tragedies of NASA, Cronkite was there. There were tears in his eyes when President Kennedy died and when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the Moon. There was a resolve in his voice that justice would prevail during the Watergate hearings. And there was always an outwardly confident demeanor in his broadcasts that led us to believe that we actually were one nation, indivisible.

When he said, “That’s the way it is,” that’s the way it was. America misses Cronkite in so many ways.

Richard Yesley

New Athens

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