I have just scoured the AM and FM radio dial to find the live broadcast of the most important hearing of current political time: the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to sit in a lifetime seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. The statements by the Senate Judicial Committee provide the most illuminating lessons in basic civics and governance that most Americans will ever hear.
But do we get to hear it on our North Coast radios? I can't find it, and scramble to get pixelated streaming by KQED and sit in the room with the TV that gets CSPAN. Are we just victims of purposeful dumbing down by Sinclair or inept programming at KHSU? ("Static at KHSU," Aug. 30.)
We bemoan the lack of knowledge of basic civics in the electorate — the Annenberg Poll found that "only one in four (26 percent) can name all three branches of the government." Expletive!!
Can't we do better than this in our own progressive, savvy, civil community?
Andrea Tuttle, Arcata