Letters and Comments


December 2008


Reader Comment of the Day

As much as I would have liked to have seen Brooks [Laitch] get the hat trick, it was a smart play by a smart player [Alex Ovechkin] to ice the game. In fact, if the Caps have demonstrated one failing this year, it is the inability or unwillingness to step on the neck of a team that they have down ...

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Hitting the High (School) Notes

I am a 2004 graduate of the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Va. ["America's Best High Schools," December 15-22], and currently a teacher at Nanakuli High and Intermediate School in Hawaii with Teach for America. I bear witness to the polar opposites of ...

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Reader Comment of the Day

It's disheartening to know that many charities will not receive as many donations during this holiday season as in years past. This is the year for people to donate to charities in place of a gift to a family or friend who insists they do not want or need a personal present. In these times,

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Leadership Luminaries

Imagine our surprise to open the December 1-8 issue and to see the photo of our son pictured as a part of your cover story on America's Best Leaders, representing our military's junior officers ["A Wisdom Forged by War"]. Then Lt. (now Capt.) Christopher Crofford (82nd Airborne, infantry) was ...

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Tips on Tipping

Personally, I hate tips and would much rather have them built into the price of an item or service, but I understand that this is not practical ["Should You Tip Less in a Recession?" usnews.com]. People should tip as they can afford, as each person is different and has different economic ...

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Economic Fallout

While reading Zuckerman's commentary "Quick Action on the Economy" [December 1-8], I became quite disturbed. His advice is to extend more credit/tax money to companies that have mismanaged assets and have allowed unions to overload their expense costs. Where will this end? Our children and ...

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Choosing a Promising Career

I'm currently in pharmacy school and I'm glad that I made a good choice ["The 30 Best Careers for 2009," usnews.com]. If you really want to succeed in these hard times, you have to work hard for it, don't just cry about it. Sure, school is expensive—I'm pretty much a starving student still living ...

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Reader Comment of the Day

The United States is a democracy, not a monarchy. The Clintons and Bushes were all elected by the voters. Having any politician give someone a Senate seat without approval of the voters is not democratic. The power of incumbency is too great.

Comment by Bob of TX

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Reader Comment of the Day

If Blagojevich made these "play for pay" offers, didn't the people he made the offers to have some responsibility, legal and moral, to report the offers? I don't hear a clamor from the press asking this question, or any hard questions to Obama or Jesse Jackson Jr.

—Ed of KS

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Letters and Comments

Chatter: Readers weigh in on Best High Schools, the auto industry, and the economy.

High School Hoopla

It really makes me happy to see that the school that I attended after Hurricane Katrina (Paxon School for Advanced Studies in Florida) and the school I was going to attend pre-Katrina, Benjamin ...

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Obama Election Reflections

Like most of the country, I am amazed and in awe of the momentous election of Barack Obama. In "The 44th President/ Commentary," I can well understand the commenters' glee and pride as three of the four are African-Americans. Though I'm not, I am still an American and proud. I can't help but be a ...

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Primers on Pope Pius XII

In "Sainthood on Hold" [November 17-24], you state that Rabbi Shear-Yashuv Cohen believes that Pope Pius XII should have done more to save Jews during the Holocaust and wants Pope Benedict XVI to hold off on the beatification of this wartime pope. A former Chief Rabbi of Rome, Israel Zolli,

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Media Solutions?

Thank you for the editor's note about media overload ["No Honeymoon for Obama," November 17-24]. I work with college-age students who admit they are "crackberries." Perhaps only time will tell if being better informed (but not always with truthful information) will outweigh the negative aspects of ...

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Reader Comment of the Day

I make no apology for my complete literal acceptance of the Genesis account of the creation. On the one hand, you have Moses writing by inspiration of God. On the other, Charles Darwin and his dying theory. In the battle of the Chucks, I'll go with Heston as Moses writing what God Himself revealed ...

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The Lure of Layaway

I like that some stores still offer layaway or are reviving it ["Layaway Programs Come Back Into Style," usnews.com]. With so many people in credit-card debt, this is a good alternative solution. The major problem stores have is that people will not finish paying for their layaway and then maybe ...

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Reader Comment of the Day

Obama's use of the Internet reflects the radical changes that traditional TV and news are facing. Decentralization and taking the messaging out of the hands of the powerful few can only be a good thing.

—Azay of CA

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Reader Comment of the Day

Although the number killed and injured in the attacks in Mumbai is less than those for the 9/11 attacks, it is still just as devastating for their country [India] and the world whether it was inspired by the al Qaeda 9/11 attacks or not.

—Lewis H. of CO

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