So, Congress gorged on pork; but there's good news, too
Although your Nov. 23 editorial "Trimming Congress's Bacon Fat" is absolutely right in condemning the huge amount of waste in the budget just passed, there are a couple of rays of hope as well.
For those of us concerned about nuclear proliferation, it was encouraging to see an increase in the US commitment to safeguarding nuclear weapons and materials in Russia and other places where they may be vulnerable to theft by terrorists.
At the same time, it was also a huge relief to see that no funds at all have been allocated to develop new nuclear weapons, such as the proposed "bunker buster" bomb. By initiating the development of such new weapons, the US would have sent exactly the wrong signal to other nations tempted to seek nuclear weapons for themselves.
The Nov. 18 article "Clean-air cops handcuffed" serves as a cautionary tale for residents and local governments near old, dirty, coal-fired power plants. Federal and state environmental protection is seriously broken and unlikely to protect public health and welfare. Relying on the "market" to fix local pollution violations is absurd.
In Alexandria, Va., we are blessed with a city council and public officials who are using what few powers they have to deal with a power plant that is releasing particulates and other pollutants in unhealthy amounts. The City of Alexandria recently reported that impacts from mercury emissions may exceed by up to 1,000 percent the chronic inhalation concentration that the Environmental Protection Agency considers safe.
This Thanksgiving season I am truly grateful for the men and women on our city council who believe that their most important role is to allow no harm to man.
Regarding the Nov. 26 article "Up next: network news at crossroads": The reason I stopped watching the network news and started getting news from online sources wasn't for the convenience. Rather, I feel I can't trust what is being said.
It seems that the networks are being spoon-fed what they are supposed to report from the government. When I watch network news, I am getting rhetoric and opinions instead of the "who, what, why, where, and when."
Regarding the Nov. 17 article "Disney lawsuit lifts curtain on real-life Hollywood drama": I am appalled at the recent controversy with the board at Disney. I remember watching Disney every week on TV as a child. It was one of my favorites on television, as well as a favorite of my parents. Now all we have is reality television, which is not fit for adults to watch, much less children.
I wonder what Walt Disney would say about his business today. When did big business take over and the original goal get lost? Remember what this company was built on and put it back in perspective.
Regarding the Nov. 24 article "Motherhood climbs back on the pedestal: Many women feel heavy pressure - from peers, church, themselves - to be 'perfect' moms": The antidote to maternal perfectionism is father involvement and shared perfectionism. Sharing not only reduces the burden but improves child outcomes as well.
Obvious - but unfortunately often overlooked.
Gordon E. Finley
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