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Internationally out of touch

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From page A11 | April 18, 2014 |

It’s unfortunate that Brad Stanhope’s column titled, “What happened to Flight 370? I have theories,” was published April 4. The American people are sometimes left wondering why we are so ill-received on an international level. The fact that one of our community’s news reporters would spend his time concocting such “theories” to poke fun at the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is only the tip of the iceberg regarding modern-age America’s faulted ideology in foreign social policy.

What has now escalated into an international crisis situation by the majority of the global superpowers and has directly affected the lives of the 239 people on board Flight 370, should not be mocked.

Woefully, Americans are only exposed to snippets of “truth” behind the dire reality of what is happening, not just in the Indian Ocean, but in Japan, Ukraine, Russia, Greece, Syria, Egypt and the list goes on. This unethically perpetuates the “out-of-touch” mentality with regard to international culture.

It’s easier to joke about something people may fear or not understand to make situations more palatable, but in doing so we deter from the truth of situations, the real, human events unfolding 9,000 miles away in the Indian Ocean. The heartache, the desperation, the irreparable losses so many are facing, is nowhere near comforted or paid proper respect by such unsympathetic “theories.”

The probability of an encore article titled, “What happened at Fort Hood, Round 2? I have theories,” are low. I find it highly unlikely it would be published even if it did. The American people would not be OK with an American tragedy depicted in such jest.

Addressing a larger scale human tragedy in such an ignorant manner is disappointing to myself and some of your readers, I’m sure. Hopefully, the Daily Republic takes a more responsible stance comprehending the genuine meaning behind the columns they choose to publish and settle for nothing less than the highest quality content being provided to the community in the future.

John Zopfi

Fairfield

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  • Mr. PracticalApril 18, 2014 - 6:21 am

    Interesting perspective but my first question that comes to mind is... huh?

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  • PornacApril 18, 2014 - 6:52 am

    Reading Bud is much more instructional.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEQ1GmOkpEg&feature=em-uploademailApril 18, 2014 - 6:56 am

    ? Still Report # 235 - MH370 on Afghan/Pakistan Border

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  • The MisterApril 18, 2014 - 7:15 am

    "You see, you can't please everyone, so you've got to please yourself." Ricky Nelson, "Garden Party" 1972. From Wikipedia, "The song tells the story of Nelson being booed off the stage..." for playing something the audience didn't want to hear "and his realization that 'you can't please everyone, so you've got to please yourself'." So Brad, you're not alone.

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