Fearful of moral decay, not Saddam
TO THE EDITOR:
I must not fail to express my appreciation for the stand you took on the moral content of advertising in The City Paper as written in your editorial "Does media have moral code on X-rated ads?" (Feb. 17).
I am not fearful that al-Qaeda, Saddam Hussein or any other foreign member of an "evil axis" will bring down the United States, but I am worried that we will destroy our country from within by the rapid deterioration of moral values.
Thank you and God bless you.
We the people must be proactive
TO THE EDITOR:
The majority of this country thought that "Daddy Bush" was not a good president, as evidenced by his defeat for re-election. However, as we take into account "Baby Bush's" policies, war sentiments, broken promises and economic failures, I must come to the conclusion that our current president is the worst in the past century of this country's history.
Are we the people going to allow this administration to rob us of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness? I urge all Americans to research the facts about Bush's ideals, rhetoric, propaganda, and proposed economic future for our country and its citizens. The facts speak for themselves and loudly proclaim doom for the middle class, as well as having already set back the working class by 10 years.
We the people are the only ones who can stop this atrocity being committed by our president and his partisan cronies by voting them out at the next election. In addition, we need to write to our local officials and let them know where we stand on issues that affect our daily lives.
Do you want to pay more taxes while the good ole boys receive big tax breaks? Do you want to continue to pay more for fuel while Bush and his associates, who have investments in the oil business, benefit? Do you want to continue to pay high prices for prescription drugs and health care while Bush's buddies, who have investments in the pharmaceutical companies and health-care insurance companies, profit at your expense? Are you willing to allow the children of this country, our future leaders, to have less of an education than children of any other country in this world? Will you stand by while this country's civil rights return to pre-1960s policies?
These are just some of the questions that we need to be asking ourselves and public officials. Let's not go about our daily lives thinking we can trust this administration to act in our best interest. We the people must become proactive in order to maintain life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Real guns should cause the concern
TO THE EDITOR:
I sit on the fence about whether, when or if we should go to war against Iraq. As a sixth-degree black belt in Tae Kwon-Do with a strong sense of fear of injury, I can't help but think in terms of how I would conduct myself if confronted by a parallel situation on the street.
I imagine myself walking down a dark street, suspicious that some bad dude is right around the corner with a knife. Then I see some guy with a gun pulled, aimed at me, and apparently angry. Now, whom do I deal with first - the guy with the maybe-knife or the guy with the for-real gun?
You know, that's a no-brainer, but then why aren't our leaders concerned about the North Korean gun instead of the bad dude who may have a knife? No-brainers?
Character exposed in college athletics
TO THE EDITOR:
Who is to blame in the Tony Cole situation? Where do you start? This University of Georgia student-athlete, according to reports, attended five junior colleges. How does one attend five junior colleges? How many years does it take?
My high school junior is taking the SAT and the ACT, and we are evaluating her options. Some choices are very difficult. Apparently, the more times you go to junior college, the more your opportunities increase.
That the University of Georgia would accept a student with that inconsistent of an academic record is bad enough, but you get what you pay for. Apparently, when his ability to get something for nothing stopped, Cole decided to bite the hand that fed him. Greed is a relentless pursuit.
In the end, I suppose everyone will get what he or she deserves. I do believe that character is exposed through athletics, and it is about time we all look at what college athletics hath wrought and be angered by it.