Sunday Herald Highlights

Some observations of a couple of items that caught my attention via my regular Sunday “treat”:

- Leonard Pitts shows his rational, compassionate side. I know, it’s a stretch, but it’s nice to know that even overrated, race-baiting liberal MSM columnists such as Pitts can be fair sometimes.

- Frida Ghitis is going to hear it from the far-left over her defense of Isreal’s actions to stop the Hamas-supported flotilla from parking right next door. Good for Frida, and good-luck fending off the lunatics.

- This letter to the editor is one of the most mind-boggling I’ve read in quite a while:

Re the May 14 letter We aren’t government: Carlos Lumpuy believes that the public sector is not us and that the private sector is us and provides us with everything.

It does provide us with goods and services, but the private companies that produce and provide them are just that, private. We don’t have unfettered access to these places. They are owned by a small group of people.

The government provides its citizens with services that are paid for with public funds, our collective tax dollars. This collective revenue is vital to our democracy and the transparency of our government.

A democratic government provides its citizenry with services that can benefit the majority, things like public libraries, national parks, free education. “Free” is not a word that the private sector has in its vocabulary. Its only interest is profit for the few.

Only a few “prosper” from the private sector whereas the majority can benefit from the public sector. The government is necessarily “us.”

NEAL BENZEL, Miami Beach

By Mr. Benzel’s logic, it’s because of the benevolence of government that he’s able to use a computer to write and send the letter to the Herald (or if he sent it via snail mail, the ink of the pen and material used for the paper and envelope). Never mind that if it wasn’t for private enterprise, he wouldn’t have been able to even think about sending a letter to the Miami Herald, which the last time I checked, was owned by a private company.

John Wooden: 1910-2010

A genuine American legend and hero passed away yesterday. I never saw any of the games John Wooden coached during his incredible career at UCLA. In fact, I didn’t know much about Mr. Wooden until only a few years ago. As part of a leadership program at work, I read a John Wooden book on leadership which opened my eyes to his integrity, decency, selflessness and genuine affection for everyone he came in contact with. I became a fan of his well after his coaching days were done.

It says something when someone like John Wooden can be fondly remembered for who he was rather than for what he did.

Do yourself a favor:  pick up any of John Wooden’s books on leadership. Trust me.

This article has a good summary of Mr. Wooden’s life and accomplishments. It’s a bit lengthy but well worth the read.

In his books, John Wooden often mentioned his dear late wife Nelly whom he terribly missed after her death in 1985.  Those close to him can be comforted to know that today, John Wooden is reunited with his lifelong love.

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