Reward diligent students

Billionaire Robert Smith’s generous move of paying off the student debts of the Morehouse College graduating class brings to mind the old saying that “No good deed goes unpunished.”

In this case, I would paraphrase as “No generous deed goes unappreciated by all.”

I hate to place myself into this category.

However, if I were a student of this class who had worked hard for years, saved my earnings and studied hard to earn good grades and test scores to qualify for scholarships — to say nothing of parental sacrifices — in order to graduate without crushing debt, I could not help feeling somewhat resentful that others who were not so diligent were to be rewarded for their lack of industry and foresight.

I would like to see Smith consider turning loose a few more millions of his billions to recompense those who fit into this category for their good example and diligence.

Allow me to emphasize, however, that this opinion does not diminish my admiration for Smith’s voluntary move.

Roger D. Williams, Tulsa

Presumption of innocence

In the letter Current president most dangerous in U.S. history (June 3), the writer accuses President Trump of 10 impeachable acts and four other criminal charges. Unlike many citizens of other countries, ours are considered innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

Why would the editors publish a letter that undermines a fundamental principle in our country?

J.T. Freeman, Tulsa

Editor’s note : The Sixth Amendment guarantees the right those accused of crimes, including the right of a speedy and public trial. The First Amendment guarantees the right to free speech. The Constitution also outlines impeachment, which is an accusations, not a conviction. Climate change discussion

Most comments on global warming ask the wrong question: Is this caused by human activity?

Letter writer John Brock is correct that “global warming (is) not new.” (Global warming not a new phenomena,” June 4).

The fact that sea levels are rising is well-established and measured by “up to snuff” science.

The question needing an answer is: What can and should be done (to minimize sea level rise)? The Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research estimates 2% of Earth’s people live less than 1 meter above sea level.

The U.S. can’t fix this alone, but we should participate in, and even lead, the world discussion as to effective and affordable action.

Mike Wood, Tulsa

Puppet or puppeteer

So what did we learn from William Barr’s summary of Robert Mueller’s report? The main point that a sitting president can’t be indicted?

So is America a democracy or oligarchy, where the rulers are held above the law like in Russia, China and Saudi Arabia? Oligarchies exercise control over their people for corrupt and selfish purposes.

So think about who is in control here. The puppets or the puppeteer? Could it be Donald Trump?

Margaret Harrison


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