Editorial - "Presidential Pivot" - WSFA.com: News Weather and Sports for Montgomery, AL.

Editorial - "Presidential Pivot"

Posted: Updated:
  • EditorialsMore>>

  • Editorial: "Hands Off!"

    Editorial: "Hands Off!"

    Thursday, April 17 2014 7:20 PM EDT2014-04-17 23:20:14 GMT
    Hands off!  That's what every parent of a student wants to say to a teacher, coach or substitute teacher with desires other than educational, related to our children.  This year alone in our area a femaleMore >>
    Hands off!  That's what every parent of a student wants to say to a teacher, coach or substitute teacher with desires other than educational, related to our children.More >>
  • Editorial: "Triumph and Conquest"

    Editorial: "Triumph and Conquest"

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 7:20 PM EDT2014-04-15 23:20:09 GMT
    This week marks the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings; bombings that claimed the lives of four and injured more than 260 people.  A year ago this week was to be a day of triumph andMore >>
    This week marks the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings; bombings that claimed the lives of four and injured more than 260 people.  A year ago this week was to be a day of triumph andMore >>
  • Editorial: "Money is Power"

    Editorial: "Money is Power"

    Thursday, April 10 2014 7:20 PM EDT2014-04-10 23:20:06 GMT
    Last week the Supreme Court struck down overall limits individuals can contribute to candidates and political committees during a two-year federal election cycle now. The ruling resulted in a divided Supreme CourtMore >>
    Last week the Supreme Court struck down overall limits individuals can contribute to candidates and political committees during a two-year federal election cycle now. The ruling resulted in a divided Supreme CourtMore >>
  • Editorials 2013More>>

  • Editorial: Happy Holidays

    Editorial: Happy Holidays

    Tuesday, December 24 2013 7:15 PM EST2013-12-25 00:15:09 GMT
    Happy Holidays! When I say Happy Holidays to some people they think I am ignoring Christmas and trying to just be politically correct. That couldn't be any further from the truth. I really mean Happy HolidaysMore >>
    Happy Holidays! When I say Happy Holidays to some people they think I am ignoring Christmas and trying to just be politically correct. That couldn't be any further from the truth. I really mean Happy Holidays and that certainly includes Christmas.More >>
  • Editorial "Viewer Feedback: End the Conversation/Gambling"

    Editorial "Viewer Feedback: End the Conversation/Gambling"

    Thursday, December 19 2013 7:20 PM EST2013-12-20 00:20:06 GMT
    Our editorial earlier this week asking our legislators to again allow Alabamians to vote "yes" or "no" on legalized gaming elicited the following feedback via emails received and comments on wsfa.com andMore >>
    Our editorial earlier this week asking our legislators to again allow Alabamians to vote "yes" or "no" on legalized gaming elicited the following feedback via emails received and comments on wsfa.com andMore >>
  • Editorial: "End the Conversation"

    Editorial: "End the Conversation"

    Tuesday, December 17 2013 7:20 PM EST2013-12-18 00:20:09 GMT
    What do you say we end the conversation once and for all on legalizing gambling in Alabama and pass legislation next year to let the people of Alabama vote and gamble if they so desire?  This week marksMore >>
    What do you say we end the conversation once and for all on legalizing gambling in Alabama and pass legislation next year to let the people of Alabama vote and gamble if they so desire?  This week marksMore >>
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Did you watch the debate on Wednesday?  I did, and like so many others I certainly have an opinion about who won and who lost. But, did you notice something?  It's something that has become all too common in politics.  The debaters did a typically masterful job of dodging the questions.  They….and I mean both of them, the President and the Governor, so often didn't even attempt to answer the question that was asked. I don't know about you, but the continued dodging of questions, to me at least is frustrating.

In the game of basketball to pivot you keep one foot firmly in place while holding the ball and moving the other foot in any direction as you decide where to pass the ball.  Did Wednesday night's Presidential debate feel like one big pivot to you with question after question posed by the moderator followed by pivot after pivot by the candidates?

When someone asks you a direct question what do you want in return?  A direct answer is what most everyone would say.   We certainly don't feel that was the case during the debate and I for one just wanted to yell at the screen, "Answer the question asked!"

Might we respectfully suggest a few things before the next debate on October 16th.  Number one, if you don't answer the question that was asked of you your time is up. Number two, have a moderator that keeps a firm grip on the clock and holds the candidates accountable to the tough questions asked. Number three, give each candidate 4:00 minutes at the beginning and the end of the debate to get all of their memorized talking points out of the way. 

We Americans have two more debates to learn as much as we can about the plan you have for this country in 2013 and beyond and we have a lot of direct questions – please give us some straight answers.

Copyright 2012  WSFA 12 News.  All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow