The political fighting must come to end
President Obama is right; what we need more than anything is a spirit of reconciliation on Capitol Hill, a desire to sit down and hash out differences and come up with workable solutions to our critical problems - especially the economy, decent jobs and, yes, health care reform. I will call Sen. Lindsey Graham's office once again to urge him to step out from the pack of naysayers.
I am so frustrated with mainstream media because I feel that they feed the acrimony. For the most part, the pundits and commentators behave irresponsibly. It's like a cock fight for them, and they are the gleeful spectators. In some instances, they are the organizers.
And those on the left and at the center must realize that we, too, can be stubborn, we can close our ears to arguments on the other side; we, too, can insist that we get our way completely, that our ideas be wholly implemented.
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It would be great if some moderate or independent-minded Republican would stand up to the tea partiers who insist on shouting down the political opposition.
There are indications that it is possible to break this impasse. Newly sworn-in Sen. Scott Brown, amazingly, has spoken in very conciliatory tones, has asserted his independence, has even pledged to work with President Obama in good faith. There is common ground that can be tilled.
Jenny Sanford revealing true motives
The article Sunday on Jenny Sanford, "Staying True," just begs for comment.
First, I would like to tell Mrs. Sanford that a nice, quiet, personal family dinner would have been the better place to share her side of the story with her boys. It appears to me that embarrassing their father in front of the world doesn't demonstrate Christian forgiveness but angry retaliation.
Second, her statement, "I do need to pay some bills when we split," gives a better glimpse of her motives.
Third, for Ballantine Books to market this as an inspirational memoir is insulting. Relying on God to carry you through your darkest moments is inspiring; being a tattletale is not.
Drivers must be alert and focused
It is commendable that the Legislature is taking on the problem of preoccupied drivers relative to texting and phoning by hand-held devices. My concern, however, is that it is not as important what a driver is doing with his hands when participating in a phone conversation as much as what he is doing mentally to follow the conversation and participate meaningfully.
There are many people who like to characterize themselves as multitaskers and feel very good about themselves for being so versatile, but these people are likely to not even be aware of a signal light and drive through it while involved in a telephone conversation. Operating a motorized vehicle in a responsible manner requires that we all bring to the task our very best visual and mental functioning.
CHARLES C. PURYEAR
Education loses athletics matchup
I much appreciated Amy Mikell's letter Monday regarding the new $12 million USC academic facility for athletes versus the preponderance of low-tech/no-tech classroom facilities available throughout the rest of the campus. As a former faculty member in the USC College of Education, I taught in classrooms across the campus that would be an embarrassment in most third-world countries. I see that, since my retirement in 2003, nothing has changed - except for athletes.
U.S. needs to be leader in space
President Barack Obama is canceling the Constellation space program endorsed by President George W. Bush after the 2003 space shuttle Columbia disaster. A whole generation of American youth will be steered away from looking up to the stars. Countries such as China, Russia and Iran will develop a space program to send people to the moon. The United States will be seen as a nation that no longer can afford to be a leader in the world for technology or innovation. Technology takes time to develop, and we depend on new technology to develop creative solutions to our problems.
As a Baby Boomer, I watched Apollo 11 on July 20, 1969, as astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first human to set foot on the moon, announcing to the world, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."
President Obama is not giving American industry the chance to start again. American science advancement will no longer ring throughout the world as we step into the past and not the future.
The president should not let budget problems destroy NASA, which is a symbol of American genius in space.
JEWEL C. HOWERS