Ron Foreman (e-mail
Re: Brenda Walker`s Column:
Berkeley, CA—Still Part Of America But “The Waves Are
Lapping Higher All The Time”
Walker wrote a fine article.
It is most likely near 200,000 now.
China has the best
spy system in the world, so I hope someone is paying
Foreman was a Captain in the USMC from 1961-1968; he
resigned his commission after returning from
Vietnam. He entered the Foreign Service and retired
A previous letter from Foreman about Sen. John McCain is
here and his Thanksgiving letter with recollections
of his father is
here. Foreman`s most recent letter about his Foreign
Service experience in Niger is
It`s very odd to walk around an American university like
UC Berkeley and hear so much Chinese being spoken.
Perhaps they don`t think they need to practice their
UCB teaching assistants have
long been famous for incomprehensible English
can`t imagine that it has gotten any better over the
I have no idea how many were born abroad. The difference
between foreign students and the children of immigrants
is practically non-existent. You can`t tell them apart.
Foreman is absolutely right about
Chinese spies. It`s crazy to continue to let
students in so trustingly.
Natalia J. Garland (e-mail
Would a 9th-grader do what
did? That is, plagiarize parts of his "Just Words"
speech that he delivered in
in February. (Watch it on YouTube
English teachers of America say?
- First, they would define plagiarism as copying another`s
writing or stealing another`s ideas, and then presenting
the material as one`s own.
That`s exactly what Obama did.
Obama later said, of course, that he had permission from
Deval Patrick to use the material. But this
statement from Obama was not made until Patrick was
revealed as the source.
- Second, English teachers would say that it is important
to teach students not to
How can a teacher explain Obama`s “borrowing” to
a 9th-grader? If Obama minimizes or normalizes the `”sharing”
of material between friends, how do we teach students to
do their own research, use their own words, and develop
their own ideas?
I know what it`s like to teach in America`s schools.
Cheating is not stigmatized like it was when I went to
high school and on to college. So we don`t to set any
more bad examples from our presidential candidates.
If Obama had presented his "Just Words" speech in
my classroom, I would have given him two choices:
- Accept a grade of “F” or,
- Do the assignment over.
is not a matter of a persnickety English teacher. It is
instead an issue involving high standards and
expectations, as well as integrity.
I`m not inspired by Obama`s speech. I do feel
develops his own ideas. Why can`t Obama?
Garland, who lives in Arizona, is a licensed master
social worker and certified substitute teacher. Her blog
Re: Joe Guzzardi`s Column:
Easter Question: Which Church Is The Top Treason
Guzzardi was imprecise in his column that commented
Not all eight million
Lutherans in the U.S. are in the same church body.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)
with five million members is a liberal, mainline
The next two largest groups, the
Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS), 2.5 million
members, and the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod
(WELS), 720 thousand members, are both conservative,
The majority of their members, I venture to say,
would disapprove of the pro-immigration activities he
Wisenor, who belongs
to WELS, formerly practiced criminal defense law in
Washington, D.C. He currently lives in Ohio and writes
that: “his views on immigration are in agreement with
those generally expressed at VDARE.COM”
comments: Thanks to Wisenor for bringing this important
distinction to the attention of our readers.
Jeffrey Farmer (e-mail
Guzzardi might be interested to know that I recently
left the United Methodist Church for various reasons,
including the immigration issue that he wrote about.
no ill will toward my former fellow Methodists, even
though I can`t follow their leadership any longer.
whose wife remains a Methodist, is a press operator in
George Weinbaum (e-mail
I am a refugee from
Los Angeles. On immigration nonsense, it`s
tough to top “Mahoney Baloney” as I call him.
Weinbaum is a CPA living in the
Houston area. His previous letter about Houston
Chronicle`s pro-immigration reporting is
Rick Costa (e-mail
Re: Joe Guzzardi`s Blog:
Globalism And Baseball—The 2008 Season Opens In Japan
Guzzardi must know by now that
baseball is all about the $$$$ with the $ox
ownership the biggest prostitutes in the game. By 2010,
Fenway Park won`t have a square inch that isn`t covered
other end of the money ball spectrum, you have the
Oakland A`s (run by the most overrated general
manager in the game, Billy
Beane) who, along with the Minnesota Twins,
Seattle Mariners, Tampa Bay Rays,
Pittsburgh Pirates and Florida Marlins, should have
been downsized out of existence years ago.
teams are content to run on the cheap, stay somewhat
competitive, suck the luxury tax bucks from the Yankee$
and Red $ox, and show a profit at the end of the year.
I have a friend who is friendly with the family that
controls the Major League Baseball logo hat business.
Daisuke Matsuzaka signed with the Red $ox, a deal
kicked in for some insane number of Red $ox hats to be
shipped to Tokyo!
That`s why the opening series is in
And that explains why Red $ox owner John Henry, the
hedge fund guru who`s worth about $2 billion, parks his
yacht in Boston Harbor every summer. It looks like
the QE II compared to the rest of the boats, and we`re
talking about the yachts of some heavy hitters here.
Costa says that although he lives in Massachusetts, he
is not a “weenie” member of the Red $ox Nation.