More than a six-letter word

The N-word is a word that black comedians use incessantly, as do African-American characters in many films. If the word is offensive why can black people use it with impunity while others are chastised? It is too confusing, especially for young people.

When I was a high school teacher I disciplined two students for using the word. They were friends: one white, one black. They were having a loud conversation in a common area saying n----- this and n----- that. When I stopped them and took them to a quiet area and tried to explain why using the n-word was not OK, they didn't agree with me. The black student especially took offense that I, a white guy, would tell him he should not use the word.

Of course, it's just a six-letter word. It is the intent of the user and the context that make it offensive, or not. However, since language and communication can be so imprecise, it would be so much more sensitive and humane if everyone just stopped using the n-word.

Parents and teachers will appreciate the support.

Dave Garcia

Medford

No mention of D-Day?

Unbelievable! Not a mention of D Day and the Normandy invasion on June 6, 1944 in your June 6 issue. A slap in the face to those who served, as well as their descendant families. Those who gave their all on that and the following months ensured that you have freedom of the press yet you ignore them. What were you thinking … or were you? Snoopy did not forget.

Marsha and Tom Sayre

Medford

Proud of my president

I am immensely proud of my president. He conducted himself and spoke brilliantly at every stop on his Middle East and European tour. He courageously but politely said exactly what needed to be said.

By way of contrast, Froma Harrop could have and should have left unsaid (unwritten) in her bigoted, narrow-minded, totally partisan column. Her words would have been insulting had they come from a more open-minded, credible source.

I will appreciate seeing more of Michael Barone and other “informed” pundits in the Mail Tribune.

Juanita Bright

Medford

SOU offers lame excuses

SOU explained the loss of $1.9 million of taxpayer money as a “very sophisticated scam,” implying unavoidability. Humbug! This is a clear breach of basic internal accounting controls.

Electronic commerce is growing and so is accompanying fraud. There exists clear current internal control directives addressing these risks, including the need to review and pre-approve eligible electronic transfer bank account lists. Changing and authorizing a new bank account from a customer based on an email transmission doesn’t qualify. Someone in charge, such as the treasurer/controller, could have simply called their counterpart at the construction company, verified the bank account change and asked for written and signed approval from the contractor prior to executing the transfer.

The excuse that this has happened to other schools is even more damning. If anything, senior financial managers should be fully aware of problems in their sector and take proper precautions to avoid similar problems and traps.

As higher education costs, public employee benefit costs and student debt skyrocket, taxpayers are ultimately on the hook. Now we have SOU announcing that “it is unlikely that anyone will be held personally responsible for the loss.” Little wonder people question the public sector’s competency.

Terry Swain

Jacksonville

A consistent and proven liar

Our president uses the lie as a tool. First in his businesses, now as the president. He has lied so many times in the past that I can no longer believe anything he says. Now he says Mr. Comey is a liar. Which one should you believe, a career public servant (under oath) or a consistent and proven liar? I do not believe Mr. Trump knows how to tell the truth.

I am looking forward to the day this habitual liar is out of office (probably before the end of the year).

Bob Williamson

Jacksonville