Letters to the Editor, Dec. 5
President must earn respect
Tanya Wilson’s letter regarding respecting the president and letting “the man do his job,” is slightly off kilter.
The office of president of the United States should indeed be respected, especially by the person currently holding that office. That person is elected by the citizens and holds the office in trust as a temporary employee whose charge is to attempt to steer the country through the vagaries of our collective life as a nation.
That person should be reminded frequently that they are both an employee and temporary lest the inherent power of the position leads them to think they are indispensible. Every action, every statement of intent should be thoroughly scrutinized and assessed and the reactions and opinions of the citizens be freely expressed so that the current holder of the office cannot be confused about the will of the people. If that gives the person in the office heartburn, he probably deserves it.
While the office of president of the United States should receive the utmost respect, the temporary employee holding the position should be accorded only that respect which is earned.
Robert L. Porreca
Fast, furious … and dead
As tragic as the death of Paul Walker of “fast and furious” fame is, it offers us a stark reality check into the thin line we sometimes dwell on -- the difference between fact and fiction, or as Hollywood plays it, “special effects.”
Personally, I agree with what most studies are now revealing. Society is very much influenced by the media it uses. Extreme proof of this can be seen in the irrational behavior of those addicted to texting. Likewise, the movies we entertain ourselves with carry significant influence on the lifestyle and behavior we exhibit. Speed has and always will be the prelude to danger and/or death in most situations. Therefore, glamorizing such is not in the best interest of a society who mimics everything portrayed on the big screen. The problem with that however, is life’ doesn’t deal in special effects. Doesn’t matter if you’re a high paid actor, or a teenager heading home from the prom, speed will kill you, or worse yet, cause you to kill some innocent person.
Let us remember and learn from this high-profile tragedy. Turn “fast and furious” into moderate and alive.
John I. Mayo
After the Affordable Health Care plan hit the fan, and facing a tough battle for senate seats in 2014, Democrats made a decision. They decided to change Senate rules regarding federal judicial and executive cabinet appointments.
Now filibustering executive appointments I have always felt is a bridge too far. If a president chooses to surround himself with unqualified people that is his prerogative, and we are now seeing the results of that, but it is his cabinet.
Federal judicial appointments are a very different thing. Democrats like to point to 23 fillibusters on judicial nominations as the reason, but this president has been attempting to appoint the most left-wing, activist jurists in the country. As half the country completely disagrees with this president’s agenda, the minority voice in the Senate is extremely important. What the Senate Democrats have done is what tin-pot dictators and their ruling elite have done since the dawn of civilization. They have silenced dissent.
In so doing, they have completely nullified one of the most important checks on majority power in the minority tool box. Not only is it short-sighted, it is shameful. I voted for Senator Kay Hagan in the last election (a mistake I plan to rectify in 2014) but her vote for this action is indefensible. These are the kinds of things our founding fathers warned us about. They might well call this tyranny light.
Gary A. Shaw