Letters to the Editor

U.S. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte models the official Team USA opening ceremony parade uniform, which has drawn ire for being made in China. RALPH LAUREN

Uniform gripe is about outsourcing

I found your use of the phrase "So what?" in Wednesday's editorial "Olympians' outfits are fine" to be extremely ignorant of the focus of stories and other editorials that have appeared for the better part of this election year.

That's not to say I disagree with everything in the editorial. I, too, find it hypocritical that the politicians mentioned reacted with such outrage to the outfits being made in China when many of their collective trade policies from the past few generations have contributed to such outsourcing.

And I also agree that no nation benefits from a paranoid isolationism, and that global trade can be a sign of healthy international cooperation.

But when I walk through my neighborhood, Kensington, and see the generations of unemployed who have lost access to the manufacturing jobs that supported their parents and built their community, I directly feel the impact of the loss of our manufacturing sector.

This complex and contentious issue has raged across the editorial pages of the Inquirer as both sides of our political spectrum debate the best course to get Americans back to work, and I think that any part of that debate deserves more than a simple "So what?"


Nicolas Esposito, Philadelphia, nic.d.esposito@gmail.com



Romney has paid plenty

I can't believe that Mitt Romney is being criticized for paying $6.4 million in taxes on $43 million (15 percent). He is supporting an awful lot of the "sick, lame, and lazy" in this country.


Dennis Hassis, Cinnaminson, dahassis@comcast.net



No victim should have to wait

I strongly disagree with Jennifer Storm's assertion that it was prudent for prosecutors to amass victims before making a case against Jerry Sandusky ("Corbett got the Jerry Sandusky case right," Wednesday. What message does that send to abuse victims?

Apparently, if there is nobody else coming forward, you shouldn't even bother?

If Jerry Sandusky had been prosecuted after the first victim accused him, even if the case were weak, maybe subsequent victims would have been spared. Maybe Penn State would not be at the center of a cover-up scandal now. If nothing else, maybe Sandusky would have come under well-deserved scrutiny in his dealings with boys.


Birgit Rosenberg, Glenside, rosenberg29@gmail.com



Treat voting and gun laws the same

I wish the Republicans who passed this despicable voter-ID law would be consistent. When any form of gun control is proposed, the National Rifle Association screams that the vast majority of legitimate gun owners shouldn't be subjected to it; that the focus should be on prosecuting the criminals. Since most of the Republican legislators jump whenever the NRA says so, they comply.

Therefore, be consistent! Don't focus on the vast majority of legitimate voters. Focus on prosecuting the people who commit voter fraud. Of course, they won't, since most of the people hurt by this law are Democrats, elderly, and poor, and don't give wads of money to their election campaigns.


Rich DiFelice, Havertown



Signature is best form of ID

Having had the honor of voting for more than 50 years, I do know that the form I sign before entering the voting booth must match the signature on record. What could be a better form of ID than a person's signature? Or is that a concept too complex to be grasped by the Republicans?


Robert E. DiNardo, Philadelphia, rdinardo11@comcast.net



Agree with Scouts' banning gays

The Boy Scouts of America has reaffirmed its policy of barring openly gay people. This is in accord with Mother Nature's design of men and women. It fits with the scouting principle of enhancing nature.

Since the Boy Scouts is a private organization in the United States of America, it has the right and liberty to make its own rules. We think we will make a donation to the local organization.


Richard and Astrid Warren, Glen Mills



Scouting would benefit gays, too

What message are the leaders of the Boy Scouts trying to send to young boys? Does being gay mean that those boys don't like camping, or doing good deeds, or any of the things associated with the Boy Scouts?

Should these boys be hidden in a closet until they deem it necessary to come out? As they grow older and remember their treatment, should they consider not fighting for their country or voting?

What is it about homosexuality that scares people? Gay men and women are not interested in proselytizing to every person they meet. As sport figures, teachers, and people in the other professions, their interest lies in doing a good job and being happy.

Keeping them happy starts at an early age. I guess the leaders of the Boy Scouts are not interested in creating young men who will go on to be our future citizens in good standing.


Gloria Gelman, Philadelphia