To the Editor:

I’d like to second the idea that we should pay more attention to detail, but all the details, when reading research. But we should all do that if we ask and expect others to.

According to the Census Bureau, middle class household income has been rising steadily for the past several years and the major factor is another household member becoming employed or additional hours being worked. Income inequality remains near the highest levels in the modern era.

If you compare Obama’s last term to Trump’s first, Trump has added almost a million fewer jobs and his federal deficits could approach doubling Obama’s.

The S&P gained 156 percent under Obama, 134 percent under Trump. However, the wealthiest 10 percent own 84 percent of the stocks and only 52 percent of everyone own any stock.

The rich certainly get richer, but the trickle-down theory has been disproven since the Reagan era.

According to NASA, the Earth has recorded its warmest five years since 2010, the rate of Antarctic ice mass loss has tripled in the last decade, the glaciers and snow pack are receding, and global sea level rate rise has doubled in the last century.

I think we need to heed the experts and data in things we have less, or no, expertise in.

As for journalism, if I shouldn’t believe some of the most revered news sources on the planet, where should I turn for thorough and unbiased reporting?

 

Walt J. Hajducki

Woodbury

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