Letters to the editor, May 8
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Updated: June 9, 2013 6:05AM
Quentin Smith was a real hero, an honor to know him
This morning I watched the movie “Red Tails” for the third time and once again I was left with a great sense of thankfulness. As I pondered my 40-plus year relationship with Quentin Smith, I consider myself blessed to have had him in my life. I invited him to come speak to our students at Elston Middle School in Michigan City and I remember calling him from the U.S. Air Force Academy as I latched onto the Tuskegee Airmen Memorial. I last saw him at Purdue North Central. I had the opportunity to introduce my boys to him. A thrill for them and an honor for me.
He was my principal, a mentor,and a friend. I now realize after all these years that he was also one of my heroes. In this day and age when the definition of hero has become so convoluted, I am proud of Mr. Smith and others like him who served to protect our freedom especially when real freedom was something that Mr. Smith and many of his peers never really had. Thank you Mr. Smith and all of them men and women in the armed forces who have served and continue to serve our great country.
How can we call this country a democracy anymore?
I don’t know what kind of government we have in the U.S. We have, by design, severe unequal representation in the “filibustering” Senate. Our elections are “filtered” by the electoral college that installed Mr. “Mission Accomplished” in power even though he lost the popular vote by over 400,000 votes. The Supreme Court denied a recount vote in Florida that may have declared Al Gore the winner. The Republicans now control the House even though they had 1.5 million less votes than the Democrats in the last election. Our “fungible” soldiers, according to Rumsfeld, have been forced to stay in the service past their agreed to enlistment periods. The great majority of Americans want some type of assault rifle legislation but the Republicans are not interested in their opinion. This is a democracy?
Thanks to Gary school board for bus choice they made
This morning as I drive my son and his friends to school and find myself late for work once again, I felt that I had to take a moment and give a hearfelt thank you to the Gary School Board, especially Antuwan Clemons, LaBrenda King-Smith, Doretha Rouse and Rosie Washington, for once again choosing Illinois Central as the company to transport our children back and forth to school. Their consistency in picking up and dropping off our children on time and their stellar customer service has more than warranted that their contract be renewed for another school year. Your choice truly shows how much you care about the children of Gary.
Yoti C. Kale