A need to access daily news on campus

As students of a community college, I’ve often wondered why we, the students, faculty and staff, don’t have more access to local and national news on campus.

Richland has a wide variety of students taking classes including Richland Collegiate High School students, traditional and returning students, and emeritus students over the age of 65.

I realize many people have cell phones, laptops and computers on the campus, but what would really help to keep everyone attuned to daily events would be to have two or three televisions scattered around the campus featuring local and national news.

With so much “fake news” out there, it’s hard to separate fact from fiction in today’s fast-paced world. It appears that there’s just as much tension going on around the world as there is in our country. International students need to keep up with these events on a daily basis.

There are two TVs in the El Paso lounge area that are usually tuned to sports, a movie, soap operas or entertainment. I’ve never seen anyone actually watching one of the TVs. I believe they would if the news was on. People who are interested in what’s going on would stop and gaze at the headlines as they’re passing by.

There’s a third TV near the cafeteria stage. That would be an excellent spot to catch the news as people sit down to eat lunch.

In recent years, there have been several shootings in churches, nightclubs, a Last Vegas concert venue and elsewhere around the country. We’ve seen tornadoes and hurricanes destroy cities and demonstrations in response to political controversies. In all these circumstances, people on this campus need access to immediate news coverage, especially if it is local.

In looking back to the 9/11 terror attacks in NYC in 2001, the American people were subjected to horrifying violence and hatred toward our country that was shocking. I distinctly remember where I was that morning. So do many other people who witnessed the events.

I was supposed to be in my drama class at Eastfield, but I had a cold that day and was home in bed. My husband raced into the room shouting that a plane had flown into the World Trade Center.

I jumped out of bed, raced into the living room and what I witnessed nearly took my breath away. I was glued to the TV when the second plane crashed into the towers. For days after the attacks, I kept thinking about the final thoughts those people had before the plane crashed.

Since the Nov. 2016 presidential election, the hatred and obstruction from both political parties, coupled with a dysfunctional Congress, has brought our country to a crossroads.

The immigration problem is getting worse day by day on the border. Violence could erupt at any time and threaten the citizens of Texas. The country is in turmoil and the American people may be hamstrung until the next election.

As a result of the state of our nation, I think the majority of people who work and go to school at Richland would appreciate having news coverage available in selected spots throughout the campus. Seeing something on a large TV screen is not the same as looking at a fire, shooting or a hurricane on a small cell phone screen.