In response to “ ‘I was and am ashamed' ” (Aug. 9):
Edwards' faulty judgment
covered wide range
With Clintonesque eloquence John Edwards had claimed “The story is false. It's completely untrue, ridiculous.”
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Similar poor judgment was displayed by Edwards' ownership of a 28,000-square-foot house in Orange County, while he was directing the “non-partisan” Center on Poverty at UNC Chapel Hill.
Tirelessly reminding us he is the “son of a mill worker,” he recently discontinued a thin reed of hope, his short-lived College for Everyone program, offered for “any student wishing to work hard” and serving as a “model for the nation under an Edwards presidency.”
Role model, faithful husband, trusted public servant? You decide.
Edwards' record provided
ample facts on who he was
In 1998 John Edwards used his good looks, glib tongue and personal fortune to win election to the U. S. Senate. In the decades prior he had seldom even bothered to vote. Once in office, he peddled a message of class envy while enjoying the personal privileges his wealth and position could provide.
Edwards has always been a hypocrite and a blowhard, manifestly unqualified for higher office.
Steven P. Nesbit
Edwards' fall from pedestal
is just latest by politicians
Sadly, Americans are not shocked or even surprised by the John Edwards affair.
We expect little from politicians these days. Would we even blink an eye if Edwards had driven off a Catawba River bridge with Ms. Hunter as his passenger, then walked away to let her drown?
Did Elizabeth Edwards
withhold crucial information?
If Elizabeth Edwards knew about her husband's affair in 2006 and kept it from the public so as not to damage his presidential ambitions, then she's just as bad as he is.
In response to “Edwards staying silent, and Observer should be too” (Aug. 8 Forum):
Story substantiated, putting
Observer in different light
I wonder if Bob Bandis is still so much in favor of firing the Observer reporters and editors who dared to raise the question of Edwards' accountability.
Clinton supporters hold him
to lower standard of behavior
Why is Edwards vilified for admitting to a brief affair, apparently ending his political career, while Bill Clinton – notorious for his “bimbo eruptions” and lies about engaging in sexual activity with a young intern in the Oval Office – is still fawned over by legions of ardent admirers?
Attention to scandal kept
focus off success in Iraq
It is a shame the editors decided to blast us with everything John Edwards on the front page while hiding “Al-Sadr orders militia to lay down arms” (Aug. 9) on page 11A.
One of these stories proves we've won the war in Iraq, which the Observer has long suggested is a lost cause.
Thomas Farish Cochran Jr.
In response to “Russia presses invasion” (Aug. 11):
Putin's aggression projects
shadow over Russia's future
The policy of Russia toward the rebel provinces of Georgia has frightening parallels with the Nazi annexation of the Sudetenland. Putin's march to fascism will bring some tense consequences in the next few years.
In response to “Wave goodbye to the invisible hand” (Aug. 9):
Entitlement society can't
keep U.S. moving forward
Steven Pearlstein calls for the business community and Republican politicians to raise taxes to provide a safety net for the working class, but he doesn't mention the billions already being spent on the entitlement society.
The welfare mentality has created three generations of Americans unable to care for themselves.
The U.S. cannot prosper if 100 million people believe someone else should care for them. We stand at a tipping point: not enough producers, too many consumers with their hands out.
In response to “ ‘Use of force' data will be useful for police training” (Aug. 11 editorial):
It's no surprise to see
police resort to force
Has it occurred to anyone that police are using more force because criminals are getting more violent?
In response to “Rare tigers leap from N.C. to Baghdad” (Aug. 9):
View from Iraq: Zoo, tigers
are source of national pride
The writer is a staff sergeant, U.S. Army Reserve, recently returned from Iraq.
The Baghdad Zoo is considered a national treasure by Iraqis. Tigers are especially valued. I inspected reconstruction projects at the zoo no fewer than 10 times in 2007 and 2008 and every time saw many families picnicking and viewing the animals. The zoo lost animals early in the war, but is now considered safe and orderly.
The U.S. works closely with zoo staff and wouldn't bring in these animals if it weren't appropriate.
Bjorn E. Hansen
In response to “Conservatives not drawn to teaching in college” (Aug. 6 Forum):
Liberal faculties demonstrate
According to Bill Bishop, author of “The Big Sort,” Americans cluster among people with similar ways of life, beliefs and, in the end, politics. Since this urge is a consequence of human nature, it helps explain why those with liberal backgrounds and views represent a majority of faculty in U.S. colleges and especially of those within the education, humanities and liberal arts departments of public universities.
Frank P. Jozsa Jr.
In response to “Dogma-burdened conservatives fall short of academic standard” (Aug. 10 Forum):
‘Best and brightest' isn't
claim by best professors
Most good professors will tell you they have a calling to teach, but they don't consider themselves “the best and brightest.” Those who do typically make poor professors, as they are blinded by their own ignorance.
In response to “Graham casts wide net in definition of ‘cult' ” (Aug. 8 Forum):
Judaism, unlike cults, claims
no monopoly on truth
The writer is editor, Charlotte Jewish News.
Kathy Caldwell is mistaken to include Judaism in Billy Graham's definition of a cult. We Jews have never claimed a monopoly on the truth. That's why historically and today you will never find Jews proselytizing or forcing conversions.
In response to “Rigidity deprived Helms of diversity's satisfaction” (Aug. 8 Forum):
I knew Helms, and his caring
extended to all Americans
I knew Sen. Helms personally. He was an effective leader who cared about all Americans.
It is regrettable that Sharon Bunn would write such judgmental comments. Perhaps she was swayed by the liberal news media or simply hearsay.