In response to “Is American dream still alive? (Oct. 19 Taylor Batten column):
Children just need a loving home to succeed in life
The big problem is we can not legislate good parenting. If two parents raise their children in a loving home, and if they make sure their kids go to school and study hard and do not hang around the wrong people, they have every chance in the world to be successful. It happens every day in every neighborhood. Society can help but personal responsibility is a huge factor in success.
In response to “Senate race could be most expensive ever” (Oct. 19):
Hagan, Tillis waste precious dollars on their own careers
$103 million has been spent on the Hagan-Tillis U.S. Senate campaign, with TV ads geared to the intelligence level of an amoeba. Teachers are pleading for a raise; people are starving and homeless; the general public cannot afford health insurance. Yet, with no regard to anything except their own political advancement, Kay Hagan and Thom Tillis waste these precious dollars. How sad. Sad for those who have accepted the money and sad for those who have donated it.
A few places where that money could have been used
If this much extra money is available to our state, how is it possible that we can still read of our classrooms being overcrowded, children having a lack of textbooks, and a lack of funding for the hiring of more numerous and excellent teachers? How can we still read that not enough shelter rooms are available for our most economically dependent citizens or that all school children are unable to eat on the weekends? Have we lost sight of our original experiment in democracy, citizenship in a shared community?
In response to “Has America decided that sex isn’t for the poor?” (Oct. 20 Catherine Rampell column):
Abstinence is no right-wing delusion; it’s the way to go
Catherine Rampell does an injustice to the only method to prevent pregnancy with a failure probability of absolute zero. She writes that “The belief that we can get entire classes of Americans to practice abstinence until they’re financially ready for marriage and children is a right wing delusion...” Marriage is the only right venue for sex. Period. This message has been in the books (or The Book) for almost two millennia.
In response to “Malala is free as a bird” (Oct. 14 Viewpoint):
Oppressed by Taliban, girls need to know we support them
The writer is a student at Randolph Middle School.
Awarding Malala Yousafzai the Nobel Peace Prize is certainly a move in the right direction, but more action needs to be taken for girls’ rights. Every girl the Taliban restricts from a good education is yet another scientist, writer, politician and leader of the future who is restricted from rising to the occasion. I believe that if methods of non-violent protest are taught to the Pakistani girls being oppressed by the Taliban, Malala can assume her position among others like Mandela, Gandhi, and MLK, by leading a peaceful protest for girls’ rights. Through non-violent methods, if the world could communicate with these girls and tell them they are not alone, they would acquire the courage to stand up for what is right. When all girls are free to spread their wings, humankind will be given the chance to soar.
In response to “Solution? Single-payer health care” (Oct. 19 Forum):
All Americans have right to health care. ACA is a start
Dr. Jessica Schorr Saxe is absolutely correct. The burden of paperwork did not change much with the Affordable Care Act. It started in the 1950s
when the private medical insurance industry started. Coincidentally, that was also when health care costs started to rise. It is not
acceptable that we are the only advanced country that does not provide affordable health care.
The Affordable Care Act is a start, though a clumsy one, to single-payer health care.
David A. Nachamie
In response to “No reason for election to be a referendum on the president” (Oct. 20 Forum):
Obama’s no moderate, and Senate Dems stalled Congress
President Barack Obama is not a moderate. In fact, he is the most liberal president in history. If anyone is to blame for nothing being done in Congress, it should be Harry Reid, as he has refused to allow any legislation sent to the Senate from the House to even be read, let alone come to a vote.