In response to “Palin on ticket creates intrigue for N.C. women” (Sept. 4):
Do women really WANT
to be pandered to by GOP?
I was saddened and appalled at the reaction of Hillary Clinton supporter Jyoti Friedland to feeling pandered to by the Palin nomination: “We like it...We believe this country deserves a woman president or vice president...This is my revenge vote.”
How tragic that anyone would use our precious right to vote to extract “revenge.” This attitude insults the intelligence of every serious woman in the world.
Haven't we learned cost
of such impulsiveness?
The Bush administration failed to pay attention to pre-war intelligence or to do adequate planning during the run-up to the war in Iraq, and the results were disastrous.
McCain seems to be using the same playbook.
We need leaders who do their homework.
John A Price
Why would Palin throw
daughter to media lions?
Why would Sarah Palin expose her 17-year-old daughter to the evils of the national news media by running for vice president? She had to know Bristol would be eaten alive once the media found out she was pregnant. What does that say about Sarah's judgment?
Palin family contributes
to huge national problem
Underage girls who are unskilled, unemployed, unprepared, unmarried and pregnant are the bane of this country, and they don't get pregnant by themselves.
Does anyone remember the Moynihan Report of a generation ago? The fathers are the most irresponsible of the lot, but there's ample blame for many to share.
To suggest the nation applaud the Palin plan is beyond appalling.
In response to “Pregnant and 17: We owe kids straight talk” (Sept. 4 editorial):
It's not more information
about sex that teens need
The Observer suggests young people need enlightenment about sex. However, the true problem may be that our society has confused sex with recreation.
Information about sex abounds. What children need is good reason to cherish their inherent worth and dignity and to avoid situations that jeopardize their future.
Teaching children to properly use condoms and to take dangerous hormones so they can “safely” play Russian roulette with pregnancy and disease is sending a pea shooter up against a howitzer.
McCain-Palin isn't only ticket
of new best friends
The argument that McCain and Palin had no prior relationship before her nomination is weak. Are Obama and Biden old buddies who cook out together and go fishing on weekends?
GOP shows Democrats
how to treat women
Sen. McCain and the Republicans have shown their respect and confidence in women in ways the Democrats only give lip service to.
Lynette D. Rinker
McCain's pick demonstrates
HE is candidate of change
Obama may support a woman's right to chose, just don't ask him to choose a woman!
Given that McCain did choose a woman, which one has demonstrated “change we can believe in”?
In response to “Is D.C. appropriate place for mom with obligations?” (Sept. 3 Forum):
Why should child-rearing duty
fall only to Mrs. Palin?
Was Bob Rahilly's suggestion that Sarah Palin should stay at home and tend to her primary responsibility, raising her kids, intended only to get a rise out of folks like me?
Why should Mrs. Palin be held more responsible for her children's upbringing and well being than Mr. Palin? And why does she bear a greater responsibility to teach her children about birth control than Mr. Palin?
Attitude toward parenting
smacks of bad old days
And here I thought cavemen were extinct!
‘Down syndrome' mention
was negative stereotype
Mrs. Palin doesn't have a “Down Syndrome baby.” She has a baby that happens to have Down syndrome. Such insensitive remarks perpetuate negative stereotypes.
My 4-year-old daughter has Down syndrome, but she is not defined by her genetic makeup!
In response to “What beside Obama's race could deny him landslide?” (Sept. 2 Forum):
It's his judgment, not his race,
weighing on Obama support
“If Obama were white, he would be leading by double digits”? In reality, no white candidate in his first term as U.S. senator would've gotten this far!
What is hurting Mr. Obama is his poor judgment in having associated himself with a number of questionable characters throughout his life.
What if Obama were white?
Hillary would be nominee
If Obama were white, he would've been no more than a footnote in this campaign, and Hillary Clinton would be the nominee.
Being Republican – now
THAT can be handicap
Given his history, if Obama were Republican the news media would have him down by double digits.
In response to “Here's where parents can find answers” (Sept. 3 Viewpoint):
Missing ‘leg' at CMS:
Thank you, Sue Gorman, for acknowledging CMS' launching of Parent University and for pointing out that creating a successful student is like “balancing a three-legged stool.”
CMS has been focusing on strong principals and teachers, but without the third leg – parental involvement – the stool will never provide the necessary support.
As Obama stated in his convention speech, “We must… admit that programs alone can't replace parents, that government can't turn off the television and make a child do her homework, that fathers must take more responsibility for providing the love and guidance their children need.”
In response to “Board member opts to skip magnet session” (Sept. 4):
Do Gauvreau's constituents
not want representation?
So Larry Gauvreau isn't attending a school board meeting because he thinks it doesn't offer “enough substance” and would amount to “a complete waste of time.”
Those parents in the northern suburbs who want more access to magnets need to let Gauvreau know he was elected to represent their interests, even if that means going to meetings not of his liking.
Gauvreau displays readiness
to decide before listening
I used to think Larry Gauvreau said “no” to everything after hearing both sides. I gave him more credit than he was due.