Letters to the editor

Aug. 10, 2013 @ 12:25 PM

Our leader stands aloof
What a shame and disgrace that is being perpetrated on the survivors and their families in this sham trial (Fort Hood shooting suspect Nidal Malik Hasan) resulting from "work place violence." The entire world knows it was a wanton act of terror by an extremist Islamic terrorist.
However, "terrorist" doesn't fit with our president's agenda. Remember "General Motors is alive and al Qaeda is on the run." If they are indeed on the run why have we closed 20 or more of our embassies in the Middle East?
Why should we have given that murderous turncoat a bully pulpit to spew his hatred for America into the faces of the grieving families? No question of his guilt, and why is easily understood. Like all extremist Islamic terrorists he hates and despises all we stand for. He should have stood summary court martial and been promptly executed. But that would have made the terrorists not "like" us. Maybe even make them as mad as when that "video" made them kill four Americans in Benghazi.
Leading from behind is winning at losing. Soft-soaping the situation we find ourselves in is signaling weakness to our enemies and to our allies. Leaders lead, so where is our leader? Standing aloof, as if nothing is happening that affects him.
Curtis Casey
Durham

Hood’s choices a ruse
Many times I have wondered if The Herald-Sun regularly publishes John Hood's Sunday editorial offering merely as an academic exercise for the reader, given expectation that readers understand rules of logic.
Hood's Aug. 4 piece, "Making education a better investment," exemplifies application of many forensic tools, starting with that of false assertion.
His first sentence asks "Is state spending on education an investment or a political payoff?"
He defines investment in a Return On Investment (ROI) context as though the future of our children, our society and our culture can be relegated to business assessments regarding equipment and other resources in a profit-motivated enterprise.
He then counters with his defined alternative of education spending as merely an exercise for "redistributing dollars to education employees," relating to gratitude for "politicians to work for their reelection".
His offering of choices thus is a ruse.  How many parents think of their effort in raising a child as ROI?  How many of them think of their costs as self-gratifying for how their children eventually may support them?
We live in a community of common interests, where the benefits received by our children do not extend from profit-motivation nor from self-centered interests, but are accepted as contributions to the future and growth of the human experience throughout the world.
Jim Eshelman
Durham


Making a difference
Tuesday’s Herald-Sun article about the work of Winslow Forbes and his D.L. Forbes Foundation should show all of us that one man’s efforts can and do make a difference in the lives of our young people today.
He is actually introducing to his campers and requiring of them the principles of discipline, effort and accountability, all of which are absolute necessities for success in their lives. I want to publicly thank him via this letter for showing all of us and especially those verbally masquerading as so-called leaders, whether local, state or national what a real leader does to improve the situation around him.
Thank you, Mr. Forbes from a 78-year-old who fortunately had both a father and a mother that instilled those principles early. To any young person reading this:  Know that these principles taught by Mr. Forbes will serve you well.
Cooper Sykes
Durham