Setting it straight on NBA ratings

Penny Nakamura is entitled to her own opinion but not to create her own set of facts, and the real facts speak volumes contrary to her opining about the NBA ratings in part of her Letter to the Editor in the Oct. 28 edition of the Jackson Hole Daily [“Foul take on NBA Finals”].

Here are the facts: For the 2020 NBA Finals, the ratings dropped to a historic low, with one of the games drawing only 5.9 million viewers. The average viewers figure over 6 games was 7.5 million, which is a 51% decline from the previous year and a 67% decline from 2018.

Furthermore, Ms. Nakamura discusses her dissatisfaction with a piece written by Gary Abernathy [“I tuned out this NBA Finals; the politics were too much,” Jackson Hole Daily, Opinions, Oct. 16] and says, “Mr. Abernathy clearly has white privilege.”

She goes on to chastise Mr. Abernathy and then jumps on board with her criticism of the Jackson Hole Daily for publishing Mr. Abernathy’s commentary.

So, in essence, Ms. Nakamura not only scolds Mr. Abernathy for his perceived white privilege, but then chides the Daily for publishing the commentary and “buffoonish cartoons.”

I could go on with additional criticisms written by Ms. Nakamura, but the gist of it is that she wants to label Mr. Abernathy and tout the right of NBA players to protest before, during and after games, but then wants to censor the press to regulate what it can print.

I wonder what Ms. Nakamura would say or how she would act if she went to Albertsons, Smith’s or another grocery store to purchase food and other supplies and the staff at those businesses broke out in protests while she was pushing her cart up and down the aisles or trying to pay for her purchases at the counter.

When you pay to go to a game or to watch it on TV, you expect a ball game, not a political demonstration to break out.

There is an appropriate time and place for everything, but demonstrating for social or political correctness while wearing the uniform of your employer at his or her place of employment is not guaranteed as a constitutional right.

Tom Walsh

Swan Valley, Idaho

Mask rule shouldn’t be political

The Jackson Hole Daily received a copy of this letter, which was originally sent to Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon. — Ed.

Dear Gov. Gordon,

I’m so disappointed that you and the legislature have chosen NOT to keep ALL of your constituents protected, but rather have chosen to go down party lines against a mask mandate. This, governor, is not what I expect from a state official, regardless of political party.

Robin Hazard


Who is really dividing us?

I have heard the saying “divided country” on all media outlets for almost four years. I noticed it after hearing President Trump make some humorous comments that some people and media outlets took as offensive. Apparently, a president of the United States is not allowed to have a sense of humor.

Back to the subject, I decided several months ago to practice what I was taught as a child, and that is to look at all sides or to hear both sides of a story before making a decision on any action or actions to be taken. So I started watching many different news outlets — CNN, MSNBC, Newsy, Fox, NEWSX, HLN, ABC, CBS and NBC, to name most of the ones I tuned in to. To be honest, the local stations actually broadcast news items concerning their communities, which I enjoyed, but the larger outlets, such as CNN, MSNBC, Fox and NEWSX, broadcast more along the lines of opinions and what-ifs, which is not news to me.

Anyway, after watching all of these media outlets, I have come to the conclusion that it is the media outlets creating the divisiveness. They all put their own spin on what they want you to hear and see. They edit video clips to back up what they want you to believe. Both sides are guilty of this.

Some perfect examples of this are the police confrontations that have happened in the past several months where riots have occurred long before all of the facts of the confrontations were revealed. Upstanding citizens are being railroaded by screaming mobs and politicians for exercising their rights.

This is not the country my parents raised me to believe in.

After watching all of these news outlets for months, CNN and MSNBC have broadcast more divisive rhetoric than Fox has, even though both are guilty of this.

Just my observations. I do not do internet as there is far too much negativity and false information.

Charles T. Caley


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