The other Bush Doctrine: Politeness
EDITOR: Your editorial last Friday (“A Letter from George H.W. Bush,” Dec. 7) was yet another reason to celebrate the life of the late President Bush. After a week of wonderful tributes, your story created another memory.
In case you missed it, my favorite column about the former President was from Maureen Dowd. I did not realize she was the New York Times bureau chief during Bush 41’s presidency. In a world where the press and a politician can only hope to be friendly adversaries, he sets a high bar for dealing with the press. The opening quote says it all: “’I like you,’ the first President Bush wrote me once, after he was out of office. ‘Please don’t tell anyone.’”
Joseph M. Aaron
Can Santa wire fiberoptics?
EDITOR: As my youngest child pens her wish list to Santa, I think about my own... The Sonoma Valley Unified School District jumped on the technology bandwagon by providing Sonoma Valley High School students with Chromebooks a few years back. My sophomore son finds his to be a useful tool for school and homework, as I know many students do. That said, there is a sizable number of young people in our community whose Chromebooks become much less useful at the end of the school day because at home they have no access to Wi-Fi. While I recognize there may not be an easy solution, it seems unjust to me that any student should be required to do homework for which Wi-Fi access is necessary, if this access is not something their family can afford. This holiday season I wish Sonoma could solve this equity problem.
Happy New Year! Pass the fruit cake…
EDITOR: I was born in the 1950s, and that makes me a child of the ‘60s. Somewhere between the assassination of JFK, the Vietnam War, Martin Luther King and Kent State, I lost faith. America, my country, something I was indoctrinated into, the best of all governments, and indeed the best of all possible realities. In reflection, I have a problem with my country. A problem with the root of all evil. A problem with gross misrepresentation. The money is funny. Does the end justify the means? Value and its relationship to fairness. The difference between the price and the cost, wealthy corporations and poor people; greed vs. need.
There’s a great deal of unrest in our world. I look at our world, and all the countries that make up the global community. I’m puzzled. The questions I ask myself are these: With all the time and all the money in the world this is the best that you could do? We are so intelligent and so evolved, why are we having so much trouble?
Maybe we have the resources and the technology, but we lack the moral conviction and integrity to do the right thing. Maybe altruism is a myth. Ignorance, arrogance, illiteracy and poverty have always been my pet peeves. How can we create an egalitarian Utopia? Manifest the dream.
2018 another year gone, 2019 about to begin, the holidays, our spiritual rituals, our pagan beliefs, comforting fables. “Glory to God in his highest and, on earth, peace, good will toward men.”