Opinion: Jim Clark’s extreme propaganda in Bonanza is horrible | SierraSun.com

Opinion: Jim Clark’s extreme propaganda in Bonanza is horrible

Again I write to counter the extreme wing of the Republican party that is given unlimited access to the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza’s editorial pages.

In his September 8th article, Jim Clark repeats the Republican arguments that teachers and teachers’ unions are to blame for problems in our public schools. One wonders why “the prestigious law firm” in Mr. Clark’s article filed this suit “on behalf of inner-city students.”

Not mentioned: An organization formed by Silicon Valley multimillionaire David Welch financed the suit. It was also supported by pro-corporate education “reformers” that would actually like to see the end of public education and have tax-payer money go to private schools with no oversight.

A little research shows these privatized schools DO NOT work. Now, Clark lauds more lawsuits, according to the attorneys’ writings in the Wall Street Journal. Wall Street Journal. Get it?

Mr. Clark’s pro-Trump column of September 15th trots out arguments of the Republican party against medicare since the 1960’s: It’s socialism. If you who weren’t around then, this is called red-baiting, used by the universally discredited Joe McCarthy in the 1950s. Shame on this newspaper for printing this type of slander.

The irony is that “Obamacare” started as a Republican plan. It came from the original right-wing think tank, The Heritage Foundation, and was used by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney when he was governor of Massachusetts.

It’s pretty much all we could get with the Republicans in Congress. Many readers know the U.S. is one of the only developed nations not to have universal health care. The Republicans have shown only opposition to improving our health care system. It’s easy to complain.

How horrible for one of our Tahoe newspapers to give weekly airing to this type of extreme propaganda with no balance from the other side!

Rick Needham

Tahoe Vista

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