Letters to the editor

Praise for Shapiro

Ben Shapiro’s article, “What foreign dissidents get right about American Flag,” was a tribute to what our Stars and Stripes means to people who don’t live in the Home of the Free and the Brave. Cubans under the leftist, Marxist regime of Cuba wave the American flag, Hong Kong residents wave our flag in protest of the growing threat of the CCP’s strong- fisted, totalitarian attempts to thwart freedom. Our flag is a common sight among protesters for freedom worldwide. And yet, some of our citizens are proud to dishonor our flag.

— Don Houghton, Quincy

Exam schools

As a proud Latin School alumnus who has donated many dollars to support the current students, I am dismayed by the announcement of Boston’s new exam school policy.  BLS has been recognized as one of the top public high schools in the country.  Why does anyone think that by diluting the quality of the school’s students and losing this top recognition, Boston and its students are better off? I, for one, have sent my last check to support the new quota-based school versus one based solely on achievement.

Why don’t our current leaders reallocate the $100M+ Boston spends on busing and spend it to improve education for all schools and students? The plan should be to RAISE the quality of education across the board, not to lower the high standards that the exam schools have achieved. In less than two years, an outside superintendent will set us on a course to diminish the legacy of the first and best public high school in America. All this new policy will accomplish is to lower the bar for all Boston schools —  what a shame!

— Greg Lazar, Milton

Where’s the parade?

President Biden should have a parade for our troops returning to the United States from Afghanistan, but I guess Biden feels that they may not deserve a parade.

When President Trump was in the White House, our troops were treated with respect and got a parade

— Lawrence Marks, Brookline

Lucas on point

Once again Peter Lucas nails it. When have Americans abandoned Air Force bases in the dark of night like  there was something to be ashamed of? I hope that sits well with the families who have lost loved ones.

Thanks Joe.

— Stephen Lynch, Middleton

Leadership needed

As we gradually overcome the deadly coronavirus, we are still faced with serious political concerns that will affect our lives for years to come.

There’s a litany of contentious issues with no apparent solutions and a Congress that’s consistently at odds with each other. They are: military interventions, civil unrest, race relations, immigration, voters rights, gun control, defunding police, minimum wage, educational reforms, Social Security, infrastructure, transportation, unruly passengers, drug overdosing, undoing national traditions, and insecurity in most public spaces. And there are more.

Time is not in our favor. The longer they fester, the more difficult life will become in the days ahead.

To start we need men and women with strong leadership skills from all levels of government. Both parties need to compromise in order to move forward. Hopefully we can then implement responsible legislation that will benefit all Americans. A goal worth achieving.

— Bob Sweeney, Warwick, R.I.

Published at Mon, 19 Jul 2021 09:43:01 +0000

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