In response to “Is nation mature enough to drop Victorian morality?” (Aug. 13 Forum):
Maybe ‘Victorian morality'
is manifestation of maturity
Having just celebrated my 50th wedding anniversary and a marriage of complete fidelity, I take issue with Bill Barnes.
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If marital fidelity is merely “Victorian,” as he suggests, why then the need for any citizen, whether public or private, to go to great lengths to cover up infidelity and then to repeatedly lie about it? Why the need for the forgiveness of the spouse and of one's Lord, as John Edwards said he begged for?
Ann Marks Hough
There's good cause to hold
our leaders to higher standard
I disagree with Mr. Barnes that adultery is no longer a big deal because it has become so commonplace in our society. The New Testament teaches that our teachers and leaders should be held to a higher standard.
Stephen J. Dohl
In response to “John Edwards' affair: Is it relevant or not?” (Aug. 12 Young Voices):
Edwards is issue for adults,
not for Young Voices
Why did the Observer feel the need to question children about such an adult topic as the John Edwards affair? Let children have a childhood!
Participation in Young Voices
helped me think critically
I'm tired of seeing Young Voices belittled in the Forum and the Buzz.
Certainly an 11-year-old can't fully understand all the ramifications of Edwards' affair, but it would be ridiculous to wait until someone is old enough to vote to start asking them to engage national and world issues.
Years ago, as one of the first students to take part in Young Voices, I learned to think critically and to express my ideas clearly and succinctly. Now I'm about to graduate from Duke University, where I've been an editorial assistant with an academic journal, written for the school newspaper, blogged for a national publication and started an undergraduate magazine.
If you don't get anything out of reading Young Voices, big deal – it's about preparing young thinkers to be responsible and contributing citizens, not about entertaining you.
Sarah S. Howell
In response to “McCain has own record of rejecting ‘family values'” (Aug. 13 Forum):
McCain's ‘family values':
Story of divorce isn't simple
John McCain's first wife's auto accident occurred while he was still a POW. She recovered from severe injuries with great determination, and the couple was married for several years following his return from Vietnam.
Washburn, at least, is in step
with Observer readers
Mark Washburn hits the nail on the head with “Stick a feather in this cap and call it baloney” (Aug. 13).
At least one writer at the Observer actually thinks like the majority of readers.
Who in their wildest dreams would think of such an expensive endeavor for the taxpayers during these difficult economic times?
In response to “Wrong-way firetruck wreck partly tied to SUV” (Aug. 13):
Firetruck going wrong way
isn't free of responsibility
If firefighters are going to drive on the wrong side of the road, then it's their responsibility to anticipate the traffic turning right or left into their lane at intersections.
Drivers who are hard of hearing or elderly – or just have the AC running full blast – may not hear that truck barreling down the road. Let's not adopt a policy of taking a life to save a life.
In response to “Consumer victimized by credit card trickery” (Aug. 13 Forum):
Credit card practices are
getting deserved scrutiny
According to Parade magazine (Aug. 10), the Federal Reserve Board and Congress recently purposed rules to prohibit unfair practices by credit card companies. Obviously they don't see everything as the consumer's fault.
Phyllis B. Copley
In response to “Hope for universal health care?” (Aug. 13 Viewpoint):
Recipients love Medicare?
I don't think so, Mr. Krugman
Has Paul Krugman actually asked any Medicare recipients what they think of the government-run health care he claims is “immensely popular”?
In response to “U.S. didn't lack for cause to go into Afghanistan” (Aug. 14 Forum):
Don't forget 4th plane used
in 9-11 hijackings
Many numbers from 9-11 aren't easy to remember. The official count of those killed by the 19 terrorists is 2,981. New York's death toll is 2,752. The total killed at the Pentagon is 189, including 125 in the building and 64 on the plane. The total killed in Shanksville, Pa., is 40, including passengers and crew.
But surely it is easy to remember there were four planes, not three. American 11 hit Tower 1. United 175 hit Tower 2. American 77 hit the Pentagon. United 93 crashed in Shanksville.
Before justifying war, please get your facts straight.
In response to “CMS: Athletes who gave false info must sit” (Aug. 14):
have role model on board
It was OK for Vilma Leake, but not for high school athletes? Where do you think they got the idea?
In response to “College funding targeted” (Aug. 14):
Myrick on target with bill
to turn away illegals
Kudos to Rep. Sue Myrick and her bill to remove federal funding from colleges that knowingly admit illegal immigrants. Our colleges are already so overcrowded they're having trouble housing all their students. I'm all about America's melting pot and the opportunities we can provide to better people's lives – but only those who are here legally.
In response to “Not listening to generals has been costly to nation” (Aug. 10 Forum):
‘Not listening to generals'
often would've been wise
It was MacArthur who disobeyed Truman's orders, resulting in a devastating attack by the Chinese. As a result, we were beaten back to the 38th parallel and MacArthur got fired.
In Vietnam the generals, notably Westmoreland, kept feeding LBJ optimistic and falsified body counts, leading him to feed more troops into a bad situation.
If George Bush and Donald Rumsfeld had taken the advice of the commanders before the invasion and scraped up enough troops to sustain an occupation, then we wouldn't be in this quagmire today.
Henry M. Gordon
In response to “Dogma-burdened conservatives fall short of academic standard” (Aug. 10 Forum):
Reliance on dogma isn't
limited to conservatives
Conservatives aren't the only ones who “believe in dogma unencumbered by facts.”
A few examples from the liberal creed: Humans are basically good, minorities are incapable of prejudice, promiscuous sex hurts no one if done safely, men and women are the same and socialism will solve the world's problems.