Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Letters

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Letters

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SEVERE WEATHER

Keep reports coming

I'm writing in response to the letter to the editor "Enough is Enough," published Sept. 14 in The Topeka Capital-Journal. The letter addressed weather reporting and breaking news about weather in northeast Kansas. The author was critical of extended coverage two television stations devoted recently to tornadic conditions in Washington County and southern Nebraska.

So, when severe weather poses a threat, should those in its path tune into a single, pre-determined station for meteorological updates and potentially life-saving instructions? Would doing so relieve the author's discomfort that two stations covered the same threat simultaneously?

Regarding his dismay that the warnings mentioned counties located outside of Kansas, I think the author should call Gov. Sam Brownback. Currently, broadcast signals do not end at the state line, but word is the hovernor is open to innovative ways to boost revenue. Why not test a usage fee on those freeloading Cornhuskers who currently don't pay a dime for our locally produced weather alerts. Can I get an an Amen?

The author satirically asked, "Who cares about a bunch of millionaires swatting a little white ball on a field?" Okay, fine. But, ask yourself: Who might care about fields of green crops nearing harvest worth millions? Who should care about a relatively small minority of people -- living in your broadcast viewing area -- who might not even be aware that tornados are, or could be, headed their way? The answers I seek ought to be obvious.

However, this might all be a waste of time and ink. After all, the author began his article stating, "So often I am critical of people and things ..." You could say that again.

DARREN BRADLEY, Bern

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