Journalism needs work

Regarding the April 1 Inside Story column by Kevin Post, “Nobler, unbiased calling awaits journalists serving community”:

I enjoyed and applaud this article and Post’s constructive criticism about his profession.

Unsourced or poorly sourced stories and facts flood the media. Challenging journalists to reevaluate standards, ethics and integrity in what is presented today is not new.

People depend on the media to be the eyes and ears for much that is important to everyday life, and to report impartial facts and as a watchdog over government. I agree that a secondary role is offering comments as analysts.

The digital world has spoiled the new-day millennial journalist. Sitting in front of a screen is easier than chasing down facts. It’s hard work (old school). Getting off their duff and seeking the unbiased truth requires an effort and the will power to present the truth to the public — a major part of the journalist creed.

Post’s comments demonstrate leadership in calling out his peers. His values and standards as an old timer, versus the high-tech millennials, are not the same.

Our young people are the greatest resource/asset this country has. The tilted information overload is so great and facts so distorted they have lost their way. Consider the advocacy for open borders and sanctuary cities, and the drug epidemic.

Hopefully Post’s comments will be disseminated across the networks and his colleagues will read his constructive criticism of the profession. I doubt it.

Frank Palazzo

Atlantic City

Split up mega-lotteries

Lotteries benefit state governments and some players. But there is a big flaw.

I believe the super-sized lotteries should be split up into more people winning less. A friend suggested that no one would buy tickets unless there were the big payouts, but I disagree.

When one person hits a super-sized payout, it only benefits them and their families, for which I am glad, but if more people won, the wealth would have a trickle-down effect on the economy far and wide and would bring an economic boost to many more people and the areas where they reside. Ticket sales would increase if more people thought they had a better chance to win. Elected officials should consider this change.

Ray Henderson

Newport