Thursday, August 16, 2018

A Chance to Stand Up for What is Great in Our Country

I stand with the journalists at the Boston Globe, the New York Times, and hundreds of other media outlets in saying that the press is not the "enemy of the people" and a free and open press is what has kept this country going as a beacon of democracy.

That the person in the White House - who has always been something of a media whore so this stance seems puzzling - tries, over and over, to whip up anger at the media to the point of people at his rallies threatening reporters personally is shocking.

The basic message that Trump fails to hear - Don't shoot the messenger.

What else is great in our country?  The amazing artists it has produced and today we lost one of them - the great Aretha Franklin.  (She should be part of any history in this country including the fact that her father, the Reverend C.L. Franklin, was a friend and huge supporter of Martin Luther King, Jr.)

My late husband and I loved the Blues Brothers and Franklin stole the show in her section.  But this is her greatest performance at the Kennedy Center Honors, singing Natural Woman, to its writer, honoree Carole King.

May she rest in peace.