Road not finished
So the Johnnie Dodds Boulevard project is complete and ahead of schedule, no less. The crews are merely handling punch list items. All this was proclaimed and celebrated at a Dec. 10 ceremony where officials congratulated themselves.
However, obvious to any of the tens of thousands of people who travel along the path of the project daily, none of these claims is true.
A punch list is compiled after workers have cleaned up and left a job, for the owner to make note of the relative few but inevitable overlooked tasks.
Here, lanes are closed periodically and intersection pavement is uneven, awaiting final paving.
Work crews, heavy equipment and of course thousands of plastic barrels extend the length of the project. The street lights are not on. Sidewalks drop off into mounds of dirt. The I-526 overpass is not open.
Even accepting the dubious contention that work on the access roads to Johnnie Dodds Boulevard doesn’t count as part the project, it is premature to announce completion.
If these public officials have the nerve to celebrate “their pride and admiration for the final project” expecting that the citizenry will fail to notice that no roads have been completed, what credibility should we grant to claims that are more difficult to verify?
A letter published Dec. 5 states that it is “wonderful” that the United Nations now recognizes Palestine as a non-member state. The writer criticizes Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice for not supporting that vote. She further states that before the recent cease-fire 150 died in Gaza and only five in Israel.
Why did the United States vote against the resolution?
The reasons are many. The Palestinian initiative, bypassing direct negotiations, undermined rather than advanced the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, while constituting a standing affront to the U.N., international agreements and international law.
The unilateral Palestinian resolution undermined international frameworks for peace, such as U.N. Security Council resolutions 242, 338 and 1850; the Roadmap for Peace; and the Quartet’s rejection of unilateralism.
It violated Israeli-Palestinian bilateral agreements, most notably the 1995 Oslo II agreements, which state that “neither side shall initiate or take any step that will change the status of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip pending the outcome of the Permanent Status negotiations.”
The Israeli-Palestinian bilateral Interim Agreement was witnessed by the U.N. itself together with the European Union, the Russian Federation, the U.S., Egypt and Norway. It was highly inappropriate for such witnesses to now authorize a U.N. measure that effectively violates this agreement.
The Palestinian resolution and U.N. General Assembly vote might well unravel the institutionalized legal and administrative framework that underpins existing Israeli-Palestinian relations.
U.N. recognition effectively amounts to recognition of Hamas itself. Yet Hamas is defined as a terrorist organization by Canada, the U.S. and European countries.
The Palestinian resolution purports to prejudge the outcome of negotiations on such critical issues as borders and the status of Jerusalem, which were to be decided in direct negotiations between the parties.
Irving S. Rosenfeld
Guns and values
When there is a shooting liberals and the media are quick to blame our gun laws and the availability of guns.
Maybe, we need to take a hard look at the liberal socialist/secular agenda and the rapid decay of morality that is being pushed.
This is a government that supports the murder of babies, stealing from the rich, creating a debt that our grandchildren won’t be able to repay, politicians lying to the public, corruption, war on Christianity, gay marriage and open drug use.
What this country needs is a return to the values defined by Jesus Christ and the God-given Ten Commandments.
Tempest in teapot
One time I had great confidence in the majority of people in this country. As the years have passed that confidence has begun to wane.
Much is being made of the “fiscal cliff” that purportedly looms for our country.
Our current administration suggests a huge part of that problem would be solved by raising taxes on the top 2 percent of earners.
Several economists have indicated that would raise an additional $84 billion per year.
At the current rate of government spending that will run this country for eight to nine days. Some solution. But most of America seems to be buying in to this “hook, line and sinker.”
My only comment would be what my mother used to say: “You can gag at a gnat and swallow a camel.”
One “benefit” public life affords is that you can be assaulted even after death. Consider Robert Bork, who died recently. According to the story, he was “a revered figure on the right [who] inspired a generation of conservatives with his critiques of the liberal dominated high court.”
Yet a local headline writer Dec. 20 painted Bork into posterity for us: “Robert Bork, rejected for high court, dies.” To those unfamiliar with the man, it reads as if the disappointment was too much for him to bear.
Those who followed Mr. Bork and his sojourn were left to wonder if any good he had done was simply forgotten in a couple lines of big type.
Commoners, rejoice. You need not worry about your media epitaph proclaiming, “John Jones, who on occasion forgot to take out the garbage, dies.”
Daniel C. Coleman Jr.
Predictably, some have reacted to Tim Scott’s choice as our new senator by viewing his role through the narrow prism of racial politics.
Mr. Scott has already been admonished that he “should remember his roots when he takes the oath of office,” a suggestion that is incredibly condescending and insulting to our soon-to-be U.S. senator, who has a proven record of representing all of his constituents evenly.
He was elected to public office by a majority of voters who do not share his “roots,” but who do share his values and the overriding concept that we are all Americans. This is a stark contrast to the leftist mantra of racial guilt and victimization that perpetuates divisiveness.
Congratulations to Tim Scott for his seat in the U. S. Senate, where he will represent all the people of South Carolina.
Marsh Court Lane
There is no need to pass new laws or add new restrictions to protect school children. Heavy duty chain link fences with barbed wire topping would do a great job.
Security fences would prevent children from running into the street, would keep dogs and wild animals out and would prevent hoodlums from getting in.
A substantial gate with a lock that all school personnel had a key to would enable it to be opened in case of an emergency.
An audio and video system would identify any visitor or parent who wanted entry. An electronic lock would enable the gate to be opened without someone having to leave the building to admit an authorized person.
This might seem like a prison environment to some people, but it seems to me that it would protect our precious children without enacting more laws that cannot be enforced. And cost would not be prohibitive.
W. Hudson Avenue
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