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Talk Shows…Are They Helping or Hurting?

Dear Source:
While some talk shows are necessary and beneficial to the listening audience, I honestly believe that we can do without many of the these talk shows that dominate the airwaves with melee, gossip, misinformation and downright disrespect.
I tell you, it seems like some talk show hosts have agendas that must be fulfilled by any means necessary. It saddens me that instead of fostering good relations among people and lifting the morale of our society, some talk show hosts take pleasure in promoting animosity, and division among our people. It is sad when professional individuals and decent residents of our community are attacked and ridiculed by a few who can't take ridicule themselves.
I call on the talk show hosts to lift talk radio to a higher level so that more people would be encouraged to call and intelligently discuss the issues of concern as opposed to a few regulars who only call to spread gossip and melee. Let us lead by example, please. What are we teaching the young minds when we engage in behavior that is unbecoming of grown adults. The yelling and shouting in outrageous bursts of anger leave much to be desired. The utter disrespect (even to invited guests) is appalling. Hearing the same few daily callers with the same rhetoric is such a disappointment.
I consider the residents of our Virgin Islands to be a respectable and God fearing people who enjoy living in a friendly and caring society. We have problems, yes, yet in spite of the problems, we live in the most beautiful part of God's creation. Considering all the turmoil and unrest in the world around us, we should be grateful and appreciative that we live in such a civilized society, where we enjoy the freedom of speech, if only we could use it in a more honorable and dignified manner.

Beverly Jones
St. Thomas

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