To the Editor: The Corsicana Daily Sun reported President Barack Obama’s second inauguration (Jan. 22 issue), where he called upon Americans as “one nation and one people” to unite together and embrace his liberal agenda.
I was somewhat amused to read that President Obama had not seen the bronze Martin Luther King Jr. bust, which has been displayed inside the U.S. Capitol Rotunda since 1986. The President should spend more time there, to work with Congress.
President Obama swore on two Bibles to execute the Constitution, but he considers both to be irrelevant. That Friday, Jan. 25, before the week was over, a D.C. Court of Appeals three-judge panel ruled against the President for seating four of his nominees whom the Senate had blocked: three to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and one to the Consumer Financial Bureau. This is a violation of the Constitution separation of powers. The President cannot make “recess” appointments when the Senate is not in recess.
Obama’s inaugural address was more like a campaign speech. Yet, after four years, his words must be matched with action. He said, “We must make the hard choices to reduce the cost of healthcare and the size of our deficit.” In the past four years, spending has been out-of-control and America’s debt has skyrocketed. Four years and a $1.2 trillion stimulus bill, unemployment has grown from 7.3 percent to 7.8 percent. There is no bipartisan outreach in his speech, to get these accomplished in the second term.
Instead, it was wrong to link the homosexual civil rights movement to that of African-Americans. He mentioned the gay uprising at the Stonewall Inn of New York City’s Greenwich Village on June 28, 1969, as a watershed mark, within the same sentence as the Selma Al Pettus Bridge clash on March 7-9, 1965. If Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. heard that discrimination based upon the color of one’s skin was being compared to sexual sin, he would turn over in his grave.
Steven L. Jessup
To the Editor: My husband was recently in Navarro Regional Hospital...
We were both a little worried. No need.
He went in through the Emergency Room. Within 15 minutes of arrival, he was put in a treatment room. Less than an hour later, he had already had a CT scan, chest x-ray, central line IV and cath on board. He was admitted and moved to a room within three hours of arrival.
The ER staff was really great. Same goes for all the staff on second floor. He was in for six days, and the treatment he received never wavered. He was treated with respect dignity and compassion.
I just want to let you all know, they were awesome.
Thank you to all the staff, you are appreciated. Bless you all for our minds and his pain.
Proud of Scholten
To the Editor: Corsicana can be proud of her native daughter, Ashley Scholten, who is currently serving as President of the Student Government Association for Junior Colleges.
Her address on the capitol steps was well thought out and touches on many issues that affect our college students today.
She is to be congratulated for being our ambassador from Corsicana. It is not often that a local citizen can make a state-wide impact on issues and Ashley has certainly done that.
Dumb people in the news
In the news this week was an on-line press release from the Department of Environmental Protection for the state of Pennsylvania that they’ve lost a nuclear device off the back of a truck somewhere between Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The Troxler Model 3430 is a radioactive gauge that takes measurements in the ground. The press release from the DEP states that anyone finding the box should not “tamper” with it.
Editorial: Seizure of AP phone records insult to independent press
Distrust of government secrecy has been elevated to an exceptional level with the disclosure the Justice Department covertly examined two months of Associated Press phone records to determine who leaked details to the AP about a foiled terrorist plot.
This amounts to spying on an American news organization — common practice in dictatorships but scary conduct in a democratic system that prizes the public value of an independent watchdog press.
Flying the “Delta Connector”
I had an unfortunate fall earlier this week and wrecked my back to the point where I cannot spend much time sitting up at my desk to write. Therefore, I am recycling a piece I wrote many years ago about our first trip from Corsicana back to Denver.
It's my job
A couple of weeks ago, some chowderheads released a study saying that the worst job in America is that of newspaper reporters because of the low pay, long, odd hours and stress.
Number two on the list was lumberjack, which makes sense because trees kill.
Message from the Mayor: Safety first
The tragic incident that recently occurred in West serves as a stark reminder that disasters can occur at any time or place.
Angels among us
The winds have dispersed the mushroom cloud that hovered over the small town of West. The dust has settled. The President of the United States, the Governor of Texas and other dignitaries have come to join in the memorial for those who lost their lives.
Missing the fun
Sad to say, in the 11 years The Little Woman (don’t call me that!) and I lived in Navarro County, we never attended the annual Derrick Days festivities. We followed all the events in the Daily Sun, but we never schlepped into town to “walk amongst em.” I guess, if I were to be honest with myself, I am the reason we never went.
Need a job? Leave the cat at home
The USA Today has printed an article this past week of advice to newly minted college graduates on how to get a job which basically boiled down to “don’t be stupid.”
This is excellent advice for any situation, but particularly that crucial job interview.
Plenty to do
I don’t wanna hear anyone griping about “there’s not anything to do around here.”
In fact, there’s SO much to do around here, I’m not sure how anyone can get to it all!
Letters to the Editor 5/4/13
To the Editor: Education, in my opinion, is the key to solving the problems we face in today’s world. We owe it to every child in Corsicana to provide him/her with the tools to reach their fullest potential.
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