Focus on feats,

not on race

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Shani Davis claimed prejudice was the reason that a white woman was picked over him to carry the American flag during the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics.

My opinion is that Davis should have been chosen: He has won four Olympic medals in all and has now represented his country in five Olympic Games.

And flipping a coin was not a very smart way to decide who carries the flag.

But Davis’ popularity will suffer because he played the race card instead of focusing on his accomplishments.

R. Bracken,

Ponte Vedra Beach

 

We must question

those in power

I was appalled by the recent letter writer who asked why U.S. Rep. John Rutherford isn’t speaking out against those who are criticizing the FBI.

The writer’s position is a serious threat to liberty and our Constitution.

The writer claimed it is “dangerous” to question agencies like the FBI and Justice Department.

Actually the reverse is true.

It’s dangerous to turn one’s head and not question any government entity when there is evidence of malfeasance.

The foundation of our system is based on accountability.

The people must hold the government accountable, and we must never let our guard down.

David Rifkin, Jacksonville

 

Why the obsession

over selling buildings?

Sell! Sell! Sell!

That’s all that seems to be reported and recommended these days.

Sell JEA.

Sell the School Board building.

Why?

A recent Times-Union editorial stated the School Board building and property won’t bring anywhere near the cost of relocation.

Would the estimated relocation cost of $14 million to $22 million include moving to a taxpayer-owned building?

Or would we taxpayers be perpetually paying rent?

If we must sell something, let’s consider City Hall.

Let’s move it to a less congested area so the public doesn’t have to hunt for a paid parking spot.

Relocating City Hall out of Downtown would also allow employees to park without having to pay for the privilege.

K. Shacter, Arlington

 

Pettiness in Congress

a bipartisan ill

I agree with a recent letter writer who called Democrats petty for not clapping during President Donald Trump’s recent State of the Union speech.

However, the letter writer should be reminded that Republicans did the same thing to former President Barack Obama during his eight years in office.

Not only that, but one Republican congressman even shouted, “You lie!” at Obama during a joint session of Congress.

Pettiness and disrespect abounds in Congress, and it’s shameful.

I hope that the 2018 and 2020 elections will result in more ethical people being elected to Congress and the presidency — regardless of their party.

Cherie Wilson,

Green Cove Springs