Letters to the Editor, Jan. 29

Jan. 29, 2014 @ 11:07 AM

Vocabulary book changed life

This morning, a most interesting/alarming letter appeared in The Herald-Sun:  “Get Involved for literacy.” The letter resurrected and rekindled a memory.

World War II was coming to an end and I had not yet participated. At the ripe old age of 17, I joined the U.S. Navy and became a radio operator. Radio Central, on my first ship, was a place for folks like my commanding officer to find a good cup of coffee.  In general conversation with him, words were used that I did not know or understand. I realized something was missing from my education. Ashore, I purchased a book entitled: “30 Days to a More Powerful Vocabulary.”  That one book actually changed my life! I learned more about language in that single study than I had acquired in all my previous years; an overwhelming education that put me on par in most any conversation. 

In later years, I taught those same vocabulary lessons to eager minds in shipboard classes. The results were mind boggling.  I saw what happened as those young sailors experienced an eye-opening, brain-expanding understanding of the English language, while enjoying the process of new word introduction and explanation, followed by a series of short fun-type language quizzes.

Fact: In that one-book study, I was enabled to better comprehend lessons of the future. I was able to achieve and compete because I could communicate in any environment. What a gift!  What a great way to learn! Present generations would benefit exponentially.

Ernie Wendell

Durham

UNC has it backwards

The article regarding the "reading level scandal" on page 5 of The Herald-Sun Jan. 23 states "This working group is one of the great symbols of a university that's striving, without perfection, but striving to integrate, in the best possible way, academic life into athletic life". 

It seems to me the university has this backward.  Isn't the university's primary purpose to educate enrolled students?  Shouldn't they be trying to integrate athletic life into academic life?

Vernon Neece

Durham

Letter ignored facts

Once again Frank Hurley demonstrates his contempt for the facts while spewing his vapid vitriol on the letters page of this newspaper, most recently in his letter of Jan. 24 in which he falsely accuses Immaculate Conception Church of "making common cause with criminal elements" by "launching … a Justice for Jesus Huerta march." 

For those who bothered to read the full coverage, it was very clear that while hosting a reconciliation service on the same evening, pastor Rev. Bill McIntyre took clear steps to correct and distance the church from its unauthorized association to said march and those who launched it, including making it clear to the marchers that they could not utilize the church's parking lot to assemble.

Perhaps Hurley prefers the cheap guilt-by-association route by exploiting the fact that the Huerta family's lawyer is a parishioner. Or perhaps Hurley skipped past the passage in Mathew 5:23-26 that says "first be reconciled to your brother."  In any case, Herald-Sun readers deserve better than letters that willfully ignore the facts.

Gary Evoniuk

Durham