Veterans suffer at hands of G.O.P.
Letters Letters 6/12/2014 at 1:02PM

Republicans appear to be outraged by what’s happening at the Veterans Administration. But in reality they are overjoyed! Unlike Benghazi, the IRS, Fast and Furious, the AP, Solyndra and Obama’s birth certificate, they now have an actual scandal to talk about. While the care received by veterans is disgraceful, the fact is that the GOP [...]

Praying for peace
Letters Letters 6/12/2014 at 1:01PM

Let us all fervently hope that Pope Francis’ meeting with President Shimon Peres of Israel and President Mahmoud Abbas of Palestine will finally, at long last, result in peace between the two nations! “Peacemaking calls for courage much more than warfare,” Francis told the two men. The meeting took place in the Vatican gardens near [...]

Driving us crazy
Letters Letters 6/12/2014 at 12:53PM

New York City drivers don’t know how to drive on the road. Does anyone know the meaning of a STOP sign? A yellow signal? A red signal? A yield sign? What about using directionals when changing lanes? When the speed limit is posted at 30 mph on streets, it does not mean to drive like [...]

Ignoring the teachers
Letters Letters 6/05/2014 at 3:29PM

The Republicans have assembled a variety of experts to develop a viable alternative to what they consider the ruinous Affordable Health Care Act. Among the group is a large number of physicians whose participation they perceive is essential because the GOP recognizes the expertise that is a product of their training and experience. But when [...]

Maya Angelou R.I.P.
Letters Letters 6/05/2014 at 3:21PM

Maya Angelou has left us but in body only because her relentless spirit lives on. She was a poet, civil-rights activist, playwright, actress, director, composer, singer and dancer. Maya reached out to the many with her long life at 86. Her tenacious and courageous spirit reached out to us with her thoughts and words with [...]

VA failure
Letters Letters 6/05/2014 at 3:11PM

I am writing to simply express sayonara – good riddance – to Eric Shinseki, United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs, upon his resignation over substandard timely care and false records covering up related timelines involving treatment of veterans in a number of Va. hospitals. There were incidents of the “seven-month waiting list” at 28 Va. [...]

It’s not the teachers – it’s the kids
Letters Letters 6/05/2014 at 3:03PM

I’m still bewildered that education pundits refuse to see that it is not the schools; it’s not the teachers; it’s the kids coming to the schools with a corrupted sense of their responsibilities to be good learners. Today’s youngsters watch way too much television and spend too much time engaged with other “marvels” of modern [...]

The Pope’s Mideast trip … a positive sign for peace?
Letters Letters 5/29/2014 at 4:04PM

As Pope Francis prepares for his trip to the Mideast, let us hope that it will contribute to bringing much-needed peace and stability to a region that is on the verge of an all-out war. Israelis and Palestinians need to be able to sit down and deal with all of the serious issues that continue to [...]

Warning: Reform does not mean innovation
Letters Letters 5/29/2014 at 2:56PM

What a word actually means can be less important than the way it’s commonly used. If the original intent of the word has been corrupted, you can ironically set yourself up for misunderstanding by using it as it was originally meant. That’s especially true of education “reform.” Be careful when messing with words. Be even [...]

Veterans need better care
Letters Letters 5/22/2014 at 5:11PM

It is outrageous that our veterans are not being taken care of the way they should be! The VA needs to get its house in order and investigate why there are major problems for our veterans. These brave men and women have fought to preserve our way of life, and our country owes them big [...]