A more informed population is better

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Dear Editor,

Re: The media and political power addiction

I share Keith Alderson’s sentiment that the earlier our youngsters learn how government functions the more they become informed of the rights, privileges and responsibilities associated with the complementary role and relationship between government and the public (constituents).

 The role of media is also fundamentally important; so long that it maintains an independent role free from collusion with powerful and influential government. Government-owned media only reports in its favor and supports the interest and preference of those in power and can be schemed to mislead the public. Independent Media should be a strong advocate of the general populous. 

Media is the “eyes and ears” of the people. Being an informed constituency is only way we as voters can affect positive changes in government, by choosing the kind of leaders based on integrity, professionalism, civility and a strong advocate of the people’s public agenda but not one’s personal political agenda. 

Much too often we have witnessed so much corruption in government and perhaps, this may due to putting our own self-interest as voters based on bribery and manipulation by incumbents rather than a sound choice grounded on an educated understanding of pertinent and critical issues and public outcry as reported by media. 

People, this is where we have leverage as in the old adage - “where the rubber meets the road” in our relationship with our government. 

Our taxes pay the salaries of our government leaders and they are expected to deliver goods and services in reciprocity in terms of good governance, promote socio-economic opportunities and general wellbeing.

 

J.F.

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