Afghanistan plan deserves a chance
I listened closely to President Obama's address from West Point on Tuesday night. It seems to me he is doing a competent job of sorting out priorities and making sense of the Iraq/Afghanistan debacle inherited from George W. Bush and company.
It strikes me as unfortunate that following a well-measured address, the right wing ideologues' reflex criticism was focused almost entirely on the plans for an exit following the infusion of 30,000 additional U.S. troops. Given the rancor on both sides of the aisle, I believe he'd have gotten the same if he'd stood before the Corps of Cadets and read from the New Testament.
At this point, I don't think we're going to surprise al-Qaida or the Taliban with our announced schedule or that they'll do anything differently because they think we've got one. What's necessary for them is knowing we're coming after them, this time with adequate resources and resolve. The real importance of a short-fuse departure plan is it serves notice to the Afghans and Pakistanis that their ride on the gravy train has an end in sight. It's well past time for them to 'cowboy-up' and lead the fight for the fate of their country.
Lust for fame driving too many stunts
I'm sorry. If you don't have an invitation in your hands, you weren't invited. Granted there was a breakdown at the check-in point, but if you don't have an invitation, you should not have been let in.
I'm tired of all the people that are trying to get into reality shows, from Balloon Boy to the latest - the White House Crashers. There should be some sort of punishment to prevent this from happening again. What I would recommend is: They cannot be allowed to reap the benefits of the reality shows. This would include: not being on the shows themselves to getting any monetary benefits from the shows.
Maybe this will prevent any additional people from trying to get there "15 minutes of fame."
JAMES P. GOODWIN
Concert not what small fans expected
We were so excited to experience Miley in person with three granddaughters from Jacksonville. We got to our seats anticipating bright colors, wonderful, danceable music, a great sing-along , and what did we get?
Miley Cyrus gone hip hop, grunge street dance and dancers who seemed to have escaped from the World Wrestling Federation. There was nothing warm or wonderful about the whole performance. Oh, yes, there was lots of screaming on stage and from the audience ( probably from the parents).
The words and dance moves to some of the music were inappropriate. Some were highly suggestive.
Miley's management should have made it clear that this was not a concert for her fans( ages 3-10), but rather her breakout from the innocence of Hannah Montana. I just wish we had not paid to see her do it on stage. One more role model down the drain.
MARY HELEN SPRADLIN
Miley's performance shocks, disappoints
I purchased two $87 tickets to the Miley Cyrus concert and took my 11-year-old daughter to this show. Much to my surprise, I was horrified at the event.
Miley's brother was a horrible performer with lyrics that were inappropriate for this age group. We were appalled and could only hope that Miley would rise above his shortcomings.
However, Miley's show was no better and fell far short of our expectations. There were times both of our 11-year-old girls covered their eyes in disbelief. I realize Miley must be trying to mature her image, but it will not be at the expense of our daughter. Based on her behavior at this concert, it is my belief that she is no role model for our daughter, and we will not be supporting her music, concerts or clothing in the future. I can only hope that the lack of the crowd's involvement in her concert would be a sign that we were aghast at the performance on stage. I'm sure other parents and girls alike were expecting something far better from a young lady who should have known better.
It is evident that our moral values are far different and I wish her the best but it will not be at our daughter's expense.
Gamecocks brighten holiday at Epworth
In the midst of the preparation and excitement of the rivalry game between USC and Clemson, good deeds are sometimes overlooked by all but a few. Student athletes are noticed by their on-the-field heroics, and occasionally, off-the-field miscues.
The vast majority of players, coaches and athletic personnel quietly contribute time, energy and significant resources to the community.
On Thanksgiving Day, coach Steve Spurrier, his players, coaches and staff ate Thanksgiving dinner with the children of Epworth Children's Home in Columbia. For almost two hours 122 visitors from USC sat and talked with, signed autographs and thoroughly delighted the 80 children who live at Epworth.
Thanks to everyone at USC who gave so much of themselves in order to make Thanksgiving Day extra special for an appreciative group of children.
JOHN E. HOLLER
President, Epworth Children's Home