Letters to the Editor, April 17

Opinion San Francisco Chronicle Published 5:00 am, Friday, April 17, 2015 Photo: Santiago Mejia, The Chronicle Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Buy photo Archdiocese of San Francisco Salvatore Cordileone speaks with former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz during the S.F. Chronicle's Visionary of the Year event at the Fairmont Hotel, Tuesday, March 31, 2015, in San Francisco, Calif. less Archdiocese of San Francisco Salvatore Cordileone speaks with former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz during the S.F. Chronicle's Visionary of the Year event at the Fairmont Hotel, Tuesday, March 31, 2015, ... more Photo: Santiago Mejia, The Chronicle Buy this photo Letters to the Editor, April 17 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Regarding “Open letter urges pope to oust archbishop” (April 16), rather than condemning Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, fair-minded Catholics should be giving him a teacher of the year award. All those earnest young high school students standing up for their teachers are learning an important lesson about fairness and their parents are learning about the moral hazards of giving their kids a Catholic education. Members of the Star of the Sea parish are learning the truth about their leaders’ adherence to outmoded dogma and those that signed the petition requesting his ouster have learned how out of touch the archdiocese is with contemporary society. Rather than pile on him, petitioners should be thanking him for showing why Pope Francis’ attempts to turn the church around are so important to not only Catholics but to the rest of us as well. Allan Mann, Alameda READ ANOTHER OPINION Potent legal claims throw Trump on the defensive A reminder of just how wrong Trump apologists were Republicans demonstrate they aren't up to the task of... What Continue Reading

Letter to the editor: George Washington still deserves to be celebrated

In his 1796 Farewell address, President George Washington said, “Promote then as an object of primary importance, Institutions for the general diffusion of knowledge. In proportion as the structure of a government gives force to public opinion should be enlightened.” Washington saw education as a way to not only advance himself in society, but a necessity for the American public. His own education resulted from self-guided reading and practicing civility, both crucial to his future leadership as a general and president. Americans have celebrated George Washington’s birthday for centuries. To this day, George Washington’s example of leadership and civility remains relevant. Mount Vernon recently introduced Be Washington: It’s Your Turn to Lead, allowing visitors to experience firsthand the challenges Washington faced on the battlefield and in the presidency. Inside an immersive theater, Chris Jackson, who originated the role of George Washington in “Hamilton” on Broadway, introduces visitors to four crises Washington faced on the battlefield and in the presidency. Some of Washington’s advisers — such as Jefferson, Hamilton, and Henry Knox— offer insights and opinions on each dilemma. After listening to their compelling arguments, participants rate each adviser’s persuasiveness and decide what course of action they would take, were they in Washington’s boots. The Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association — the non-profit organization that owns and operates Mount Vernon — urges you to reflect upon the example set by the Father of Our Country. Appreciation of the past is essential to the formation of our future. Learn more at mountvernon.org. Editor’s note: Bonnie Henke is vice regent emerita for Oklahoma to Mount Vernon, The Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association. Letters to the editor are encouraged. Send letters to [email protected] Continue Reading

Letter to the Editor: Tulsa Opera shines with stars

Let me say it right up front: I don't know opera from Oprah. But I do know I am now a fan of the Tulsa Opera company. Saturday it produced and delivered an amazing night of music and entertainment that is probably still reverberating throughout the PAC. The opening curtain revealed the Bixby Wind Ensemble Brass in precise formation, ably rendering the "Star Spangled Banner" to an enthusiastic audience. The Opera orchestra got to shine with the overture from “Oklahoma!” and then the stars came front and center to sing marvelous arias and show tunes. Guest mezzo-soprano Susan Graham, making her debut appearance with the Tulsa company, sang "La Vie en Rose," accompanying herself on the piano. She was followed by the first of many appearances by Muskogee’s own songbird, Sarah Coburn. Sarah’s voice was a delight to the ears. Delicate, clear as a crystal and pitch perfect, it filled the air with the best that opera has to offer. We were later told she was singing through the ills of a cold. One has to wonder how she could sound better if she were well. Tenors, baritones, and even a resonant bass filled in other parts of the program, but, the duet of Sarah and Susan opening the second half with the "Flower" duet was enough to melt you in your seat. If the only culture in your life is yogurt, you might try a night at the opera. I know I will. Letters to the editor are encouraged. Send letters to [email protected] Continue Reading

Letter to the Editor: New Tulsa World format too thin

Today’s newspaper(Feb. 12) was a new low for The Tulsa World: Two sections of paper (one with sports and classified and one with everything else). Even at that, there were only 12 pages of print in the combined first section. Thank heavens I also take the Wall Street Journal or there would have been nothing to read. As most married couples do, my husband and I share the paper in the morning. By combining all sections into one paper, you have effectively made it so only one of us can read the paper — since neither of us cares about sports and classified. I hope this format will not continue. Letters to the editor are encouraged. Send letters to [email protected] Continue Reading

East County Letters to the editor: Work together to resolve issues

By Staff Reports | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: February 5, 2018 at 11:07 am | UPDATED: February 5, 2018 at 11:18 am Out-of-control spending in state When will all voting Democrats finally learn they can never trust a Democrat? If you look at every major city or state, with long-standing government oversight by the Democrats, you see high taxes, overspending by those in power, abuse of tax dollars, poverty, bad/failing schools, roads and infrastructure, which is broken and worn out. All the while, those in power are telling you how they are making your life better. Look at California, out-of-control spending on the dreaded high-speed rail, roads and infrastructure that have been crumbling for over 20 years and now Gov. Jerry Brown notices? Must have been a new pot hole on the street Gov. Brown drives on. Costs, fees and taxes in California continue to escalate out-of-control. Still with a steady increase in costs, fees and taxes money still appears in short supply (according to the Democrats). For those in power there will never be enough money. There will always be something new to buy or something shiny to spend money on. Even women’s health, which the Democrats state they are strongly in favor of, comes with a cost. Not everyone is aware of this, but there is a strong link and a direct correlation between some birth control pills and breast cancer. The World Health Organization (WHO) rates combined estrogen-progestogen oral contraceptives as a significantly high-risk carcinogen. According to the Democratic party, this makes no difference, women need reproductive rights. Do you really want reproductive rights if it costs you your life? Are the Democrats telling women it is fine to end their life (taking known carcinogens), just don’t leave any children? How about if we start holding people accountable for their actions. How many times do politicians (and in Hollywood) get off when they break the law. If it were you and I normal citizens committing Continue Reading

Letters to the Editor, Monday, Feb. 5, 2018

Thanks for the donationsA thank you to the two gentlemen in Sam's Club's parking lot on Jan. 14 who placed two cases of water and two 44-pound bags of salt into my trunk.They were off before I could get their names. Thanks again. Gerald A. Ladue, Naples Back to civilized behaviorWith the seemingly relentless incidents or threats of terrorism, it is not surprising that our collective nerves are frazzled. It seems as though we have become paranoid about what may happen anywhere and at any time.There should be a difference between reasonable caution and abject fear in the ways in which we go about our daily lives. Don't we as citizens and ordinary folks have the right to enjoy our peace and quiet without seeing danger lurking everywhere? This unease can be dangerous to our health in more ways than one.Hackers access our computer files, identity thieves steal our names and creditworthiness, kidnappers and sex predators lay in wait, mass murderers attack in any number of places: our schools, in the office place, at public gatherings, in churches and synagogues and in mosques, at athletic events, and, yes, even in our bedrooms. Indeed, we seem defenseless.But human history is replete with examples of persecutions, predations and terrorist behavior. Religious wars, plundering and aggressive conquests have ebbed and flowed throughout time. Somehow each "overwhelming force" has played itself out. A dialectical process occurs in which the thesis begets its antithesis and a new order takes hold.I am hopeful that the sheer intensity of the current atmosphere of fear and distrust will force us to find new paths leading to peaceful and mutually beneficial coexistence as human beings needing to share a place on this planet.Perhaps we need some cessation of hostilities under the aegis of a powerful supra-authority not unlike a Pax Romana, or Pax Britannica, or Pax Americana. Somehow we have to establish and enforce rules of civilized behavior in a Continue Reading

Letters to the Editor, Monday, Jan. 22, 2018

Don’t report news on presidentI challenge all forms of media – regardless of whether their leaning be left, right, centrist, fake, tabloid or whatever – to conduct a total news blackout for one week of anything whatsoever to do with the president of the United States in an attempt to save the country from itself. George Bond III, Naples Crow on the menuSince Dec 26, I have seen numerous letters to the editor clamoring for the “purge of Rep. Francis Rooney” for his calls in the media to purge the FBI leaders of “deep state” abuse of power. They pontificate that his call was politically motivated.Rooney will be proven correct. Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz on Jan. 12 gave Congress a report of his yearlong investigation into the FBI/Department of Justice corruption. Be prepared to eat crow, those who slammed the honorable congressman. Norb Norkus, Naples Republicans should stop gripingAs I recall, when Barack Obama was president, the Republicans didn't vote for any of his programs. So, Republicans, stop moaning and groaning about the Democrats non-support of President Donald Trump's horrific agenda. Patsy Hanson, Bonita Springs Compromise or fallImagine what a great tax reform bill we would have had if the Democrats hand joined the Republicans to work together on drafting legislation which would benefit all Americans. It's no wonder that the people do not trust the government when our representatives and senators are not willing to compromise.Has Congress forgotten "together we stand, divided we fall?"That means we all go down. Marian Lauck, Naples The truth about lie and layThis letter is written in response to Joseph Cacciatore’s Dec. 18 letter, who would “really like to have the answer to” the forms (tenses) of the words “lie” and “lay.” His letter questioned Marianne Normandy’s polite correction of the Continue Reading

Letters to the editor: Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017

Ending is up to usGeorge Ahearn had a letter to the editor published that compared arguments regarding fracking as "fables." Fracking is a general term for various ways oil companies pump chemicals into a well to either dissolve or break up underground rock formations to stimulate oil and gas production.Perhaps it's been awhile since Ahearn last heard the fable of Mother Earth. Long ago, when humans came to be on earth, there was an agreement made between Mother Earth and all creatures large and small. She told them that she would provide them all whatever they needed and would share the majesty of her great beauty. In return, Mother Earth expected her guests to be responsible and respective of all she had to give. She made it clear that she would respond in kind if this promise was broken.Well, Mother Earth, how are we doing? Since they started fracking in Oklahoma, the residents have had to suffer hundreds of earthquakes a month, causing property damage. Perhaps Florida will be rewarded with hundreds of sinkholes or perhaps a collapse of our aquifers and maybe salt water intrusion for good measure. Perhaps she will see fit to start to swallow up the land itself with sea level rise. Forget beach renourishment. Maybe she will throw in a couple of category 5 hurricanes just to make sure she has our attention. Could any of this really happen or is it only a fable?I hear her saying that if the fable is to have a happy ending, it is going to be up to us. Ronald A. Soulard, Naples Report whole truthTo remain a quality newspaper, it is essential that the Naples Daily News report the news. The whole news. Taking pieces of information, or slanting an article is not news reporting.On Nov. 11 on page 1, your paper reported that "Reyes Castellanos, 58, has gallstones but no health insurance because he is called an independent contractor..."I am sorry but this is totally misleading. I know many independent contractors who have health insurance and others with none. Continue Reading

Extra-curricular activities are important: Letters to the Editor

 After reading Brad Myers’ Oct. 5 article "Dickinson football forfeits final six games," I am concerned that the Red Clay Consolidated School District's actions or lack of action have positioned John Dickinson HS to eliminate valuable team-building life experiences. It is my understanding from the article that school’s attendance lines are such that John Dickinson participation is at 600 high school students. The article reports that John Dickinson is unable to field a marching band and to allow student participation in other character-building programs.For years, these activities were a part of this community’s strengths. I believe “out of class” or co-curriculum programs added a significant contribution to my education while at Dickinson. Public schools everywhere are making arduous decisions on the allocation of limited resources in the formations of our future citizens. I learned a great deal from game losses and losing school records/seasons.Also, I learned to succeed from these performances and participate in winning endeavors. I feel very blessed for my public-school experience, even when we were forced to deal with lack of academic space and supportive facilities. I understand leadership is forced to deal with many daunting tasks. I remain hopeful for our public-school systems and John Dickinson High School’s future.  Larry W. Gracie, JDHS ‘65 Oriental, North CarolinaWith regard to the NFL players’ protest, let us correct the erroneous statements the players are protesting police treatment of minorities and/or race relations.Early in 2016 season, Colin Kaepernick knelt, saying he was protesting police treatment of minorities. Very few other players joined in throughout the entire season.Agree with him or not, Colin Kaepernick is the only football player I believe truly protested race relations/police conduct.In 2017, limited players (under 10) took a knee Continue Reading

Letters to the Editor, Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017

Country before party or candidateI still believe this is a great country with many kind, caring and wonderful people, but there is a pall over the nation now.Many people have chosen to stop being guided by rational thought and allowed the propaganda and dogma of others to be their thoughts. You can hear the way they repeat the single-line answers for a given question, not even understanding what they have just said or what it means, but sure that this is the mainstream, proper answer of a good Christian conservative that makes it clear they are not the evil left-wing liberal that their television tells them is out there attempting to destroy the country that good loyal Americans love.The sad truth is that despite their belief, these people are not Christian, conservative nor even Republican anymore and that is assuming that they actually were at some time. They simply represent disgruntled, nationalistic, prejudiced, xenophobic anarchists who watch way too much conspiracy TV and actually believe that this evil liberal cabal exists.Through the years I have come across people from all over the political spectrum and only very few extremists: This includes the Middle East and Europe. In almost everyone I have met, there is a general sense of fairness that they all share and different views on how to achieve it, a common understanding of right and wrong with some vastly different views on punishment, but also a common thread to live their lives and raise their families in peace with security.I detest political parties and those who support party over principle or candidate over country. I am an American. Robert Martin, Naples  Taking a knee to TrumpWhile white conservatives hide behind the fake kneeling issue, they refuse to talk about racism.They refuse to mention that the FBI warned about white supremacists infiltrating the FBI or that Terrence Cunningham, president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the largest Continue Reading