President did a good job in the Middle East
How very proud I was, as we all should be, of our President Obama during and after his recent trip to the Middle East. He made history! In Israel he met with President Shimon Peres who presented him with the highest award of Israel, the first ever given to an American president.
Then he met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and insisted that the Palestinian Arabs deserved their own homeland on the West Bank and Gaza. Then he met with the youth of Israel and encouraged them to recognize the Palestinians as equal partners in the peace process. Then he met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and suggested in the strongest terms possible to return to the negotiating table for the sake of his people.
Then he visited the Yad Veshem memorial honoring victims of the horrible Holocaust in Europe. Then he traveled to Bethlehem and prayed at the Church of the Nativity of Jesus Christ and met there with the Orthodox Christian Patriarch of Jerusalem and Palestine.
Then he traveled to Jordan and met with King Abdullah II and commended him for much-needed reforms in his country and thanked him for helping the Syrian refugees who fled the crimes of Bashar Al Assad of Syria.
And finally, he convinced Prime Minister Netanyahu to make amends with the prime minister of Turkey and apologize for the deaths of nine Turkish activists in a 2010 Israeli naval raid on a Gaza-bound international flotilla. What a remarkable trip!
And now our very remarkable president has returned to the United States to carry on the long and difficult fight, against overwhelming odds, for the Affordable Care Act, gun control of high-powered weapons, immigration rights, and equality for all our citizens. The list goes on and on. Let us stand with our illustrious president for the welfare of our beloved United States and its people.
The Rev. George S. Corey, D. Min.
NASCAR is not stock car racing
I think NASCAR should be legally required to remove "stock" from its title. NASCAR is the biggest sham in sports because the only stock automobile part used in their cars is a Ford rear-end's gears. No other part in any of the racecars can be bought at a dealership.
They once were required to use the hood and trunk lids as stock parts. Not anymore. They used to have different templates for the bodies. Not now. They all must match one design template.