With Independence Day coming up, Americans should keep two thoughts in mind. First, we should honor our founders and all patriots of the past, some of whom disagreed with each other.
Second, we should take it one step further by behaving in a more civilized, patriotic manner to show respect toward those who have different views on major issues.
The average American of the late 1700s had far better role models in Congress than we have today, but then, we voted them into office.
Our current members of Congress prefer to act like partisan politicians rather than patriotic statesmen. President Obama does lack some vital leadership skills, but this Congress is incorrigible, as evidenced by its consistently low approval ratings.
Perhaps Congress could learn patriotism from President George H. W. Bush and his wife, Barbara. He sat next to his son during the opening ceremony of the presidential library dedicated to George W. Bush, while she sat next to President Obama.
Judging from the body language between the two, Barbara Bush and Obama seemed to truly enjoy each other’s company. It’s no secret that George and Barbara Bush more or less “adopted” Bill Clinton into their family shortly after he left office.
As we celebrate, let’s not forget that interdependence keeps us free, strong and the envy of the world. Celebrate the Fourth of July by keeping the United States united.
Michael J. Walzer
Remembering John Dotson
John Dotson was a superb publisher and journalist. As editorial page editor of the Beacon Journal from 1977 until my retirement in 1999, it was my good fortune to report to him on a daily basis from 1992 to 1999.
His newspaper instincts were keen, and he brought them to bear on a wide range of business and news issues as CEO of the paper.
The Beacon Journal’s new presses resulted from his commitment, as did the paper’s Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal for Public Service for a yearlong series of probing articles on race relations in Akron. That project was overseen by then-editor Dale Allen and strongly supported by Dotson.
After his retirement from the paper, John served as a member of the board of directors of the prestigious Washington Post Co. One of his fellow directors was Warren Buffett.
I cherish my years working for John and our friendship, which included several fly-fishing trips to Montana. Journalism has lost a good friend and a strong leader.
David B. Cooper
La Jolla, Calif.
The writer of the June 21 letter “Biblical view of marriage” should be ashamed of himself. As a leader in the community, he has a responsibility to teach tolerance and to support the rights of all human beings.
His letter to the editor, putting forward the preposterous notion that the Bible dictates marriage as only between a man and a woman, strings together so many misguided and erroneous statements that it is hard to know where to start.
The writer should speak out for inclusion of all of humanity. Instead, he puts down anyone who is not among the “faithful, obedient followers.” It is hard to imagine a position more at odds with the teachings he purports to follow.
I thank LeBron James for recognizing his Akron roots in his MVP acceptance speech.
It is my hope that all children in Akron would have the opportunity to succeed at the highest level in a professional field of their choosing.
Our kids have tremendous potential and skill in areas far beyond just basketball. We should concentrate on working together to offer each of our children the opportunity of a bright future. That is a “championship” worth pursuing.