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Thursday, May 26, 2005

Questioning a headline

Just got off the phone with a reader who questioned our use of the word "raucous' to describe the teacher rally in Sacramento on Wednesday. She said she was in Sacramento, on other business, and saw the rally and heard it but didn't feel like it was a "raucous" crowd as our headline stated. Headline writers take their cues from the reporting inside the story and in reading the story. The headline should accurately sum up the story. No doubt this was a large, vocal crowd. Was it "raucous?"

2 Comments:

Blogger neonormal said...

I mentioned in as earlier post my concern over the word massive in describing the crowd. Both words are subjective and not good descriptors journalistically-especially for front page hot button issues.

My biggest concern in this whole story of nurses, teachers, firefighters and cops against the governor and his initiatives is their motives. I feel they are more motivated by personal interests-their more than the private sector job security and pension perks. Both of which are funded by our tax dollars. Even as we approach huge pension and health care balloon payouts for public service retirees they are always asking for more and more.

And our politicians are always caving in to them knowing they will be termed out or retired themselves by the time it comes time to actually meet their extravagant concessions. The unions back them, fund them and vote for them, and the politicians keep paying them more and more of our tax dollars.

When have teachers ever gone on strike or protested over student issues? They frequently, and often falsely, move the debate towards student's issues; and their answer to the problem is almost always more perks for teachers.

And why oh why are public service workers way-above-average pension and retirement perks so much above the average working taxpayers? How long can they continue to justify that their contributions to society are so much more deserving than the rest of us?

Aren't all of our contributions to society just as important as theirs? Their pensions and perks should be more in line with the rest of us working class stiffs.

But as long as they can frame the debate around false issues that invariably lead them to higher pay and better pensions, we should expect them to sap us for more and more. And we can expect the politicians to stay in bed with them. And Times would better serve those involved to watch that they don't get too cozy with the teachers and nurses, not matter how "massive" or "raucous" they become.

Well I for one think the Governor is on the right track. Imagine how much more Gray Davis would have conceded to his old buddies in these unions?

9:47 AM  
Blogger neonormal said...

I mentioned in an earlier post my concern over the word massive in describing the crowd. Both words are subjective and not good descriptors journalistically-especially for front page hot button issues.

My biggest concern in this whole story of nurses, teachers, firefighters and cops against the governor and his initiatives is their motives. I feel they are more motivated by personal interests-their more than the private sector job security and pension perks. Both of which are funded by our tax dollars. Even as we approach huge pension and health care balloon payouts for public service retirees they are always asking for more and more.

And our politicians are always caving in to them knowing they will be termed out or retired themselves by the time it comes time to actually meet their extravagant concessions. The unions back them, fund them and vote for them, and the politicians keep paying them more and more of our tax dollars.

When have teachers ever gone on strike or protested over student issues? They frequently, and often falsely, move the debate towards student's issues; and their answer to the problem is almost always more perks for teachers.

And why oh why are public service workers way-above-average pension and retirement perks so much above the average working taxpayers? How long can they continue to justify that their contributions to society are so much more deserving than the rest of us?

Aren't all of our contributions to society just as important as theirs? Their pensions and perks should be more in line with the rest of us working class stiffs.

But as long as they can frame the debate around false issues that invariably lead them to higher pay and better pensions, we should expect them to sap us for more and more. And we can expect the politicians to stay in bed with them. And Times would better serve those involved to watch that they don't get too cozy with the teachers and nurses, not matter how "massive" or "raucous" they become.

Well I for one think the Governor is on the right track. Imagine how much more Gray Davis would have conceded to his old buddies in these unions?

9:50 AM  

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