Letters to the Editor for July 15, 2013
Published: Monday, July 15, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, July 12, 2013 at 10:58 p.m.
Blame the media
Regarding the trial of George Zimmerman: Bigger than that verdict is the fact the media is portraying this as simply a black and white issue. Why say "if" the races were different what would the outcome be? Why make it a racial issue? Would it get as much attention had it been white on white or black on black?
Why put in the minds of all people that there will be possibility of riots, depending on the verdict? Why write how the police are ready for disturbances that are bound to happen?
The media (newspapers and TV) appear to believe we cannot think for ourselves. The media gets people all riled up and puts in their minds there need be protests.
If it does happen, blame the media!
Give it back
GRU general manager Hunzinger negotiated the 30-year grossly overpriced biomass contract, violated the fuel adjustment ordinance and overcharged GRU customers for the past three years. Commissioners Bottcher, Hinson-Rawls, Wells, Poe and Hawkins championed this.
At the June 24 RUC meeting, Hunzinger told committee members and the public he did not want to return the $25 million in overcharges to GRU customers.
GRU customers are tired of being ripped off and are asking commissioners to have Hunzinger stop overcharging customers immediately, return $15 million of the $25 million in overcharges immediately and place the remaining $10 million in a separate fund for unanticipated costs in fuel only. This is the right thing to do. Voters will not act favorably towards any commissioner or candidate who votes for anything less.
Are we doomed?
"We are not uniquely doomed by modern conditions" wrote James Wood in his book "The Irresponsible Self: On Laughter and the Novel."
The Sun's editor might agree given the sentiments expressed in the July 4 editorial, "Relatively minor." But Bob Gasche would not.
In his July 4th Speaking Out, Gasche, the former distinguished Marine, writes of the heroic soul of tall, lanky Bill Topham on Iwo Jima.
Wood wrote that "the soul has a perennial desire to rise above its finite condition or be delivered from it. This desire is the fuel of fiction, and it could properly be called ‘religious.'?"
The conclusion is that perhaps we are uniquely doomed by the human condition without religion.
Thanks, Bob, for that inspirational story of a soul.