Editor:I have had the opportunity to review the thoughtful, insightful and extremely well-written letter to the editor by Elliot G. Hicks, which was in the July 21 Sunday Perspective section. I have known Mr. Hicks for a goodly number of years and have found him to be a first-rate student of the law, possessing not only a good mind but to be extremely personable and a first-rate gentleman.
As you are aware, the TV media, as well as the print media, were filled with articles, commentaries, etc. ad nauseum regarding the Zimmerman trial. It is a shame that so many do not possess the intelligence reflected by Mr. Hicks in the aforesaid article.
It is a sad commentary on the state of affairs today that an organization with as many first-rate members as are in the NRA is betrayed by a leadership which owes its vast financial support to an industry which prospers on the deaths of so many, such as those who were victims in the Colorado shooting and in the Sandy Hook shooting. Perhaps the present leadership of the NRA and of the gun industry should better be known as the National Massacre Association.
If only there were more individuals similar to Elliot G. Hicks.
The Aug. 11 opinion piece "Core principle: Elevated standards will benefit both education and our economy" is completely wrong.
The core problem is a political process that developed and implemented policies pledging to improve life which not only failed to deliver on promises but made conditions measurably worse for working Americans and their families.
So-called economic development schemes opened American markets to foreign goods promising a rising tide to lift all boats. Not only did this promise fail completely, but also it led directly to calls by business leaders such as the authors of "Core principle," Thomas J. Donohue, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and John Engler, president of the Business Roundtable, to lobby Congress for economic and tax changes that sent millions of good paying jobs overseas in the name of competitiveness.
Now these same folks want to blame the education system because children are scoring below foreign peers? How about that American families that failed? How about more children living in poverty? How about 14 million American workers looking for jobs but finding none? How about an epidemic of addiction unprecedented in the history of the nation?
No. Manipulating the education system is not the answer. Fix the family by making good-paying jobs plentiful again.