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One Opinion: News vs. opinion; are we biased?

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Elaine Kolodziej is responsible for this content, which is not edited by the Wilson County News or

August 26, 2013 | 2,993 views | 45 comments

Comments posted recently to our Web site are typical of frequent criticism of newspapers, however, many of them miss their mark.

There is a lot of confusion, for instance, about information that is our newspaper content as opposed to what appears on the “blogs” on our website. The blogs, of course, are “web logs” that are filled with free-for-all exchanges, plenty of snide comments, and just plain gossip, but along the way, they frequently manage to garner a good amount of information as well.

They serve a purpose as well by allowing readers to comment on subjects they might find sensitive, perhaps about a financial situation or a political issue that might get them in trouble with their boss. We also know that law enforcement officials monitor the comments on crime stories for that occasional tidbit that provides valuable information.

But blogs are not the newspaper. To criticize the newspaper for what appears on the blogs is not justified.

The newspaper, in its print edition, contains advertising, news reporting and facts and, usually, an opinion page. The opinion page is just that; it is opinion and makes no attempt to be disguised as fact.

Most frequently, when readers say that our newspaper is biased, they are referring to the columns on the opinion pages. Yes, our opinions are conservative, but we also welcome opposing views.

The opinion page is filled with ... opinions; our news pages are filled with news and reports of what is happening in the community. The news reports chronicle what happens in public meetings, documents criminal activity, and reports the unusual, thus providing a historical narrative of life in today’s society.

“Facts Only Please,” recently posted this comment to my column about the “un-Affordable Care Act.”

“Elaine: Shame on you for spreading false [sic[ trues. The real facts are worth everyone to research. At least the Democrats push something forward instead of the GOP standard answer ‘NO’. By the way, the bill [Obamacare] was passed WITH GOP voting for it, so put the blame on your own party reps too. As far as the "death panels", I leave you with this "...the intention of the members of Congress was to give people more information so that they could handle issues of end-of-life care when they’re ready on their own terms. It wasn’t forcing anybody to do anything."

I had referred to a friend whose dialyses treatment center was notified that “if the government does not change its position on proposed Medicare cuts, dialysis centers may be forced to close or reduce operating hours.”

Just exactly how this would affect individual dialysis patients is not yet known. If it would, in fact, mean a 10 percent cut in dialysis treatments, it could mean a death sentence for those relying on this life-saving treatment.

That is what I referred to as the “death panels,” meaning some bean counter in the federal government deciding what to spend where and on whom. There is really no other way to explain the process.

My opinion column is ... well, biased ... if you please. So, call it what you will, but someone will be making decisions about who lives and who dies via what treatments are approved or disapproved.

It is, therefore, my opinion that Obamacare will have death panels. And, to Facts Only Please, let me remind you concerning INTENTIONS of members of Congress that the road to hell is paved with good intentions.
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Rabble Rouser Extraordinaire  
Adkins, TX  
March 30 at 11:01am
NIE M”J CYRK NIE M”JE MALPY! SPG (Śmiech poza głośno) BTW: The St Hedwig City Council Elections are in April/ this on their website or April Agenda? No. Will ... More ›

Lodi, Texas  
March 27 at 5:56am
New Guy .... I don't have to attend a circus to view clowns. After all, I have Nancy, Debbie, Shelia and selected local liberal Democrats. LOL

New Guy  
Wilson County  
March 26 at 8:37am
Duke: When you are at a circus do you laugh at the clown? Well, that is what happening to Cruz.

Senior Citizen  
Wilson County  
March 26 at 8:09am
Excellent point, Debra!

Black Ghost  
Doseido Colony  
March 26 at 4:45am
Senior Citizen and New Guy .... Why the fuss about a calculated political move which really has nothing to do with the merits of the ACA nor the need to insure his family. BTW, the ACA does not require the Senator to enroll ... More ›

Lodi, Texas  
March 26 at 4:31am
With the liberals and establishment republicans both bashing Cruz, he must seem, in their minds, to be a formidable opponent. Otherwise, why the uproar ???? If both are against him, he may just be doing something right.

March 26 at 2:39am
Ted Cruz choosing ACA for health insurance is a very open minded (not to mention cleaver) option he took. Not only is Mr. Cruz showing co-operation with the laws in place, more importantly, in my opinion he can report back his ... More ›

Airborne Trooper  
wilson cty  
March 25 at 9:07pm
Most democrats were against Obamacare in the begining as well. Most said it was too high and thier staffers couldnt afford it. Then the great Obama waived his magic wand and said, ok for all Congressional staffs and the rest ... More ›

Black Ghost  
Doseido Colony  
March 25 at 4:01pm
Bob Pritts ..... OMG, Prairie Grouch and Chief Noetall are back. Start your campaign to purge these rascals again. Don't hesitate.. act now before they start regular posting again. LOL

New Guy  
Wilson County  
March 25 at 3:36pm
Now Cruz is saying he was born again after 9/11...OMG, is this guy on drugs?

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