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A more measured report

Because I made a small donation to the Salem College campaign, I received an email June 13 from President Sandra Doran summarizing Salem’s current accreditation status. Then I saw your June 14 article, “Probation extended for Salem College.” Although one might naturally expect hers to “accentuate the positive,” I found Doran’s summary more factually complete and balanced than your report.

This information buried deep in your article explains why the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges did not fully remove the probationary status at this time: “The college said the commission wants to see an audited financial statement for the fiscal year that ends June 30. That report won’t be ready until the fall.”

Doran shared that the commission indicated Salem is now back in compliance with three out of the four financial standards for which it was placed on probation, with the fourth standard being dependent upon the 2018-2019 audit report, which can’t be initiated until after June 30.

Your report makes it sound as if Salem is still on probation because it is still currently assessed to be actively noncompliant. But because of the timing, we won’t know Salem’s status until after this year’s annual audit is reviewed regarding the single financial standard left unresolved of the original four cited for noncompliance.

I suppose the (almost gleeful?) “Ooh, someone’s in trouble!” approach makes for more attention-grabbing reporting. But I really appreciated the more measured report issued by Doran for its fuller information and greater clarity.

Joyce Townson


Foreign aid

So President Trump thinks it’s OK to receive dirt on one’s political opponents from foreign countries. I guess he can’t really complain about the Steele dossier then, can he?

Trump is just trolling America now. He’s just pushing to see how far he can go before his party challenges him or the other party impeaches him. I’m amazed he got this far. I thought he was too outrageous to elect in the first place.

Americans are generally decent people. For decades, social scientists will be studying just what it was that led some of them to vote for and support this lying, immoral, bloviating reality TV star — and just what it was that kept U.S. senators on his side, even after he violated every conservative principle imaginable.

Roger L. Mack


Consequence to lies

Iran may have attacked those oil tankers near the Strait of Hormuz last week, but I’m certainly not going to believe it just because the Trump administration says so.

There’s a consequence to telling lie after lie after lie: At some point, smart people stop believing you. No one should believe you.

President Trump lies about where his own father was born. Why should we believe a word he says?

That’s not to say he’s stupid. He watched the Bush administration gin up a war in the Middle East over nothing and now he probably thinks he can do the same. But he’s not the one who will go to war: our sons and daughters will.

Lonnie Burshinsky



Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif denied the Trump administration’s claim that Iran attacked oil tankers near the Strait of Hormuz last week. President Trump refused to accept his denial.

Maybe he needs to get his friend, Russian President Vladimir Putin, to vouch for him. Trump would surely believe him then, right?

Jeff Halpert


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