Letters to the Editor, Jan. 20

Jan. 19, 2014 @ 11:06 AM

As if you don’t matter

If I remark to you that the weather’s really nice today and you respond that meat prices are ridiculous, that answer would be disproportionate to the remark. A normal person wouldn’t respond that way.

 A few months ago I wrote a short email to the White House web site after I calculated what it would cost me for Obamacare. I mentioned that I was confused about why it’s called the “Affordable Care Act” because I can’t come close to affording it. I didn’t expect a response. It was just my small way of registering my disgust.

But, to my surprise, I did get a response. It’s signed by the President. Nothing he says in his response bears the slightest relation to what I said in my email. He could have said “the temperature in Lower Slobbovia was very abnormal today” and it would have made as much sense.

I know it’s a form letter and that President Obama doesn’t know me from a statistic. But even a form letter should have some proportion. When you’re spoken to as if what you said doesn’t even warrant a proportionate response, you know you don't matter to them. If there are normal people at the White House, they’re keeping a low profile.

Bruce Newman

Durham

Enjoying the comics

I guess I like "insipid pap" comics. I’m happy to see more come back. I have waited a long time, patiently waiting to get BC and Wizard of ID  back in the paper.  And I enjoy Garfield, Baby Blues and all the present "insipid" comics. 

I suggest the disgruntled remember they are not the only readers.  I found their favorites stupid, not funny.  And I like The Herald-Sun lifting articles from other papers, other places.   I don't like its liberal cartoons and articles, but I can always find some things to my liking. 

But the bottom line is I don't own the paper or have to pay its bills, so I will not tell it what content it "should" print. 

Janet Weinberg

Efland

Do the crime, do the time

Every time you look in the paper ,someone is crying about the out-of-whack balance of who is in jail or who has a problem at school.

Do something about fixing this problem and the balance will change. Stop doing the crimes that put people in jail and use school for what it should be, a place of learning.

If you end up in jail or have a problem at school, "do the time," you committed the crime. Maybe next time you will think before you act.

C. Lester Parker

Durham