In his Dec. 22 letter to The Independent, Mr. Roder Russo stated that [The Independent] has something called "typical (documented) liberal bias." Documented, no less. By whom, Mr. Russo? Where's the documentation that this paper, or any in the Lafayette area, has a liberal bias? I for one haven't perceived such.
It is so easy to string a few words together in order to repeat a very hackneyed expression with little or no real meaning. This phrase, as he used it, is meant to convey something bad, undesirable. The word "liberal" actually is quite a nice word. Among its several meanings are: favoring progress or reform; not intolerant or prejudiced; broad-minded. If our founding fathers had not been liberals, we still might well be subjects of the Queen.
Now "bias," that is not such a nice word. Among its meanings is prejudice. We may have a genuine oxymoron when we put those two words together ' liberal bias. One means unprejudiced; the other means prejudice.
Mr. Russo voiced his hope that The Independent would become "fair and balanced." I wonder if, in his view, a publication that supports only the ultra-conservative ideology is in fact biased? I would definitely think so; I doubt that he would. He may well consider it "fair." It may all be in the eye of the beholder.
In my view, talk radio, Fox News, newspaper columns by Mona Charon, William F. Buckley, and Bill Safire are all leaning to the political right. However, I do not see many writers or listeners complaining about this. Liberals, I guess, are just more tolerant and realize that there are differences of opinion and that they have a right to be heard. My suggestion to The Independent: keep right on doing what you are doing.
Hey, why not start running Molly Ivins' column? The other weekly just dropped her for the second time ' probably due to pressure from the ultra-conservatives.
The continued refusal by LPSB President Hunter Beasley and attorney Dennis Blunt to release a draft copy of the investigation into Superintendent Pat Cooper has resulted in a lawsuit by The Daily Advertiser.
The New Orleans Saints' early season slide is the kind of scenario Sean Payton had in mind when the coach and his staff placed a premium on character during player evaluations.
Long before a man was diagnosed with the Ebola virus in neighboring Texas, Louisiana's health department was working on what to do in case someone with the disease showed up in the state.
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Women sue over sperm mix-up; Romney on campaign trail; Ebola patient was released from hospital and more national and international news for Thursday, October 02, 2014.
State Rep. Joel Robideaux, R-Lafayette, surprised few in the Hub City Wednesday afternoon when he made (semi) official what most of us have known for months: He is running to replace Joey Durel as city-parish president.
Louisiana's first black Republican state senator since Reconstruction — who was a Republican before he was a Democrat before he was a Republican again — is accusing Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu of using the black community for votes and providing nothing in return.
LSU's governing board has backed new hospital privatization contracts that give hospital managers greater ease to leave the deal and fewer restrictions about must-have services.
U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu is courting young voters in several appearances across Louisiana this week, talking about her support for legislation that could lower students' college costs.
Stage 4 vet takes on cancer and reminds us all what it really means to get involved.
Is Mary fading as Vitter solidifies his lock on the fourth floor?
Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has renegotiated contracts for six LSU hospital privatization deals, hoping to reach a compromise with federal health officials that will keep Medicaid dollars flowing to the privatized patient services.
Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu is defending her record on gun rights, seeking to rebut sharp criticism from the NRA in a state where the right to bear arms is given special constitutional protection.
Citizens, you have less than a week to register to vote in the Nov. 4 election. Remember, if you don’t vote you can’t complain about the outcome. Well, you can but it’s kind of hypocritical.
After being forced out by its former landlords last year, the community garden has a new location and a 10-year lease.
The party says it has hit a milestone, reaching 10,000 registered voters in the state.
Defensive captain Junior Galette is disgusted by the Saints' sluggish start.
The use of $60 million in Louisiana's public school financing formula to pay for nearly three dozen charter schools violates the state constitution, a statewide teachers' union claimed Monday in a lawsuit.
February trial date indicates parties were unable to negotiate a settlement.
There was a time when United Ballot had a political stranglehold so tight on Lafayette’s black community it was nearly unbreakable, but that grip might be loosening.
The race for Lafayette city marshal may not be the most exciting of this year’s local political contests, but it could prove the most historic.
With the DA’s race too close to call and negative media coverage of Mike Harson on the ebb, will challenger Keith Stutes take the gloves off?
Gov. Bobby Jindal has been viewed as a health care policy wonk, and he's tried to build on that image ahead of a likely 2016 presidential campaign, positioning himself as the candidate with substantive ideas.
Jerry Jones watched what he called the best effort he's seen in 25 years as owner of the Dallas Cowboys in the first half, and that was before Tony Romo had the longest scramble of his career and DeMarco Murray finished off yet another 100-yard game.
Two of the most recognizable women in Republican politics, Sarah Palin and Mary Matalin, have been heavily involved in Louisiana’s current election cycle.