In response to “Shirtsleeves, family meals in a less formal White House” (Jan. 29):
Mr. President, we can't afford
to make Oval Office tropical
Mr. Obama turns up the thermostat so the Oval Office feels like Hawaii.
He is now living rent free, all utilities included, in our house. He preaches energy conservation, but then snubs his nose at what most Americans have had to do for years: put on a sweater.
Austin Smith Jr.
to ‘Chicago toughness'?
If Obama wants to “apply some flinty Chicago toughness” to D.C., then why doesn't he start by putting his coat back on and turning down the heat?
In response to “Obama wins House OK on $819 billion stimulus” (Jan. 29):
GOP has different view
of who deserves tax dollars
So the Republicans voted against this bill because it contained too much spending on items like Medicare and education. What are the Democrats trying to do? Don't they understand taxpayer money should be going to pay CEO bonuses for financial institutions?
Some things change in D.C.,
but not ‘bipartisanship'
The Democrats seem to define bipartisanship the same way the Republicans did: It's when you agree with me.
In response to “Don't turn nose up at attire; be thankful they show up” (Jan. 28 Forum):
Newtonians aren't ‘snobby'
(and they know how to dress)
David Floyd misses the point with his rude suggestion that Yerby Ray “and his snobby friends might want to stay in Newton, where they probably mostly worry about what others are wearing at church.”
I moved to Charlotte two years ago after living 32 years in Newton, a lovely, friendly and certainly not “snobby” small town.
Mr. Ray was suggesting the opera and church deserve a little more respect than ultra casual attire. Even the simplest of people own decent clothes. Our society has become way too lackadaisical and irreverent.
Does anyone wear flip flops and jeans to job interviews? Should Obama have worn jeans to his inauguration?
In response to “Report warns of dire needs at CMS” (Jan. 28):
Does CMS really need
to make ‘bad decisions'?
Superintendent Gorman is quoted as saying “there are some bad decisions to be made.” Huh?
With language such as that, it appears Gorman is well qualified to make them.
Bankers might have something
to learn from young mentors
CMS may not be the best performing school system in the world, but it hasn't lost a combined $25 billion in the past three months.
CMS should reverse its volunteer mentoring program. We need inner-city students proficient in high school economics and English to mentor Wachovia and Bank of America executives on the meaning of “bank” and “trust.”
In response to “Domestic-partner benefits on table” (Jan. 29):
‘Icky' is silly response
to partner benefits issue
It's astounding to see an elected official react to a proposed policy change with such a middle-school mentality.
First Bill James shares his pre-pubescent description of the issue as “icky,” then he further embarrasses himself with his woeful ignorance. I'd expect an eighth-grader to be unaware of the 2003 Supreme Court decision striking down state anti-sodomy laws as unconstitutional, but not a county commissioner.
In response to “Lewis buys sinking BofA stock” (Jan. 22):
‘Vote of confidence' shows
Lewis hasn't lost cockiness
Ken Lewis' “vote of confidence” purchase of BofA stock is just one more example of his cockiness and self-aggrandizement in justifying the acquisition of failing organizations. It's far past time for the directors, in spite of their loyalty to him, to finally send him packing, just as Wachovia did to Ken Thompson.
Although this will do nothing for the tens of thousands of employees who have already lost their jobs, it will at least show the bank has begun to pull its head out of the sand!
In response to “Scouts held back by bias in membership policy” (Jan. 26 Forum):
Boy Scouts' spirituality
keeps them relevant
It's not homosexuals or atheists that the Boy Scout policy discounts, it's the lack of spirituality in the lives they lead.
The Scouts' stand for spirituality will always be relevant in the eyes of God.
In response to “N.Y. gov picks upstate congresswoman to Senate” (Jan. 23):
Choice of Gillibrand returns
N.Y. seat to New Yorker
Gov. David Paterson's appointment of Kirsten Gillibrand means New York will again be represented by two U.S. senators.
She is a true New Yorker, not a refugee from somewhere else.
Robert Read Sr.