At Capitol, Bush saluted as ‘gentle soul,’ ‘great man’ | Dec. 4
Understanding final sacrifice
When our daughter’s husband, Marine Lance Cpl. Michael Linderman Jr., was killed in action in the Persian Gulf War, Vice President Dan Quayle came to meet with us and the nine other families of those killed in the first ground action of the war in early February 1991. We were later invited to Washington in July for the victory parade. Although we saw President George Bush from a short distance away, he never met with the families of those killed in action who were invited to the parade. Two years later he left Kuwait just before we arrived as a group of 200 family members of those killed in action who had been invited to Kuwait for a week. I always wondered why he never met with us.
I think I understand now. As I watched retrospectives of his life, I saw him choke up when talking about how hard it was to send troops to war in Kuwait. As a World War II carrier pilot, he had lost friends when his plane was shot down. He knew the cost of war. I think it would have been too hard for him to meet each of us personally, thinking he was in some way responsible for the death of our loved ones. He was a patriot, a good man and a fine president. Our loved ones who lost their lives in the Gulf War are waiting with Barbara to greet their president.
Kathryn Glynn, Sun City Center
Migrant in the manger | Letter, Dec. 3
Journey to Bethlehem
Far from being migrants fleeing their country, Mary and Joseph traveled to Bethlehem expressly to be registered in the census mandated by Caesar. There was no room in the inn because others were there for the census, too. Jesus’ birth was a fulfillment of the biblical prophecy that in Bethlehem would be born a messiah and savior, and his humble birth means, among other things, that he can relate to us in our humble estate.
Jonathan Steele, Clearwater
Corcoran next education chief? | Dec. 4
Too conflicted to serve
I was shocked to read that Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis is considering Richard Corcoran for education commissioner. How can a man whose wife runs a charter school be considered? It is a conflict of interest. We need someone who is an educator and understands the problems of public schools, most of which are in desperate need of more funds and higher teacher salaries. I am glad my son is out of school and out of state. I surely would not encourage him to move back to Florida if he plans on having children.
Ann Jamieson, Tarpon Springs
Charting USF’s next moves | Dec. 4
Not according to plan
Those charged with planning the consolidation of the campuses of the University of South Florida need to be reminded: When Johns Hopkins came to St. Petersburg and melded with our own All Children’s Hospital with the purpose of elevating All Children’s Heart Institute to a higher level of prestige, things did not go well.
George Stovall, St. Petersburg