Setting an example

After Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait, the Department of Defense gave contracts for waging the first Gulf War top priority. Small companies like mine (Trusted Information Systems) suffered very long delays in the letting and extending of contracts, sometimes as long as six months. TIS had to exhaust its line of credit to minimize reduction in force.

We, the corporate officers of TIS, met and decided to forego both our bonuses and our salary increases in favor of pay raises for the rank and file. We felt it was symbolically important to focus limited resources on the troops, not the generals.

In the same vein, I support the position of Winston-Salem City Council Member Dan Besse in his continuing disagreement with salary increases for the council members in the face of cuts to the merit-pay pool (“59% pay hike irks council member,” June 7). I believe our leaders should set a good example.

David Bell


Trump’s climate

“I believe that there’s a change in weather, and I think it changes both ways,” President Trump told Piers Morgan in an interview broadcast in Britain on June 5. “Don’t forget it used to be called global warming. That wasn’t working. Then it was called climate change. Now it’s actually called extreme weather, because with extreme weather, you can’t miss.”

What the hell is he talking about? “That wasn’t working.” What wasn’t working? “It’s actually called extreme weather.” By who? By people like Trump, maybe, who despite being “an extremely stable genius” with “the best words” doesn’t understand the difference between climate and weather. If this is the level of intellect that’s being used to deal with climate change, we’re all doomed.

Every time Trump speaks, I’m reminded of two things: One was when former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, a smart man by anyone’s measure, allegedly called Trump a moron.

And the other is a statement from Isaac Asimov: “There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.’”

Mack Ferguson


How much ‘we’ accomplish

I think I’m going to cut out the June 7 letter “We’ll keep winning” and put it on my refrigerator for a year or two. Not because it is such a great letter, but the writer lists a number of things “we” are going to do.

“We” are going to get that wall, and with that wall, “we” are going to stop a lot of crime.

“We” are going to stop abortion.

“We” are going to stop welfare handouts.

“We” are going to stop the ridiculous identity politics that separate Americans (even while he speaks disparagingly of Democrats and liberals).

I think it will be interesting to see how much of this “we” accomplish. People who believe the wall is going to bring down the crime rate just don’t give enough credit to our homegrown criminals and the criminal minds that simply know the many ways to get around a wall. Time will tell.

Romaine Poindexter


Overcoming obstacles

The writer of the June 7 letter “We’ll keep winning” was correct in his statement that read in part “Every time a Democratic judge puts up an obstacle to his (Trump’s) border wall ... he finds a way around it.” I believe I am correct when I say, “Every time the U.S. government spends billions to build border walls, those determined to cross the border illegally find ways around, over and under them.”

Stable geniuses are not the only ones who find alternative ways to overcome obstacles. Those of us who are below the stable genius level do it every day. And, yes, we also call that winning ... at life.

My hope is we will continue our winning streak and overcome our current obstacles in 2020.

Johnny Lancaster


A laugh riot

The “Straight Pride Parade” scheduled for Aug. 31 in Boston is going to be a laugh riot.

I understand the people behind it are next going to lobby for “normally abled parking spaces” in front of WalMart.

People who demand events for straight people or “White History Month” or such don’t really seem to care why events for gay or black people exist. They’re just upset that the world has stopped revolving around them for a few minutes.

Hank Boles


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