2008-06-05 / Letters/Opinion

Letters to the Editor

Editor's note: The following letter was in response to Courier editor Neil Friedman's participation in the annual Career Day Symposium at P.S. 115.

Dear Mr. Friedman:

Thank you!

You were great. It was a pleasure to see so many students excited about careers and jobs. As part of a group of speakers from a wide range of businesses and professions, you helped explain to interested students the nature and requirements of various occupations. Your personal anecdotes and style helped this event to become a unique and enriching experience for the students you presented to.

There have been many positive comments and enthusiastic discussions since your presentation. You really generated some terrific activity.

Thanks so much for all your help. I know it took a great deal of your personal time, but many students benefited.

On behalf of the entire P.S. 115 school community, please accept my heartfelt appreciation for a job well done.

Sincerely,

Mitchell S. Pinsky

Principal

President McCain?

Editor:

When Senator Hillary Clinton became the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination for president, that meant a woman might become president for the first time. Wonderful.

When Senator Barack Obama became the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination for president, that meant an African-American might become president for the first time. Marvelous.

The only problem is that Obama has taken many of the African-American votes from Clinton, as well as many female votes. Not so wonderful or marvelous.

Now Senator John McCain has a clear path to the presidency. I doubt Clinton supporters will vote for Obama because of all the damage he's done to the Clinton campaign. And some Obama supporters will vote for McCain, thinking that Obama is not experienced enough to serve as president.

A qualified and capable African-American or female president would have answered a pressing call for equality and justice. Now, we can anticipate a McCain presidency, more years of war, and assorted government/military misconduct. And Republicans cashing enormous paychecks!

William E. O'Neill

Manhattan

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