While I appreciated the extra hours of media coverage and the historical perspective of the inauguration on Tuesday, Americans ought to leave that day to the history books and dedicate themselves to the deepest form of communal critical thought.
While President Barack Obama clearly recognizes the roadblocks ahead in the economy, wars and inequalities around the world, let the public not be so foolhardy as to retreat back into the willful ignorance that characterized the past eight years. Let us not forget that we are not here to sheepishly nod our approval at his recommendations. Let us not make him the victim of his charismatic intelligence by glossing over his faults and blindly accepting his way as the best.
Mr. Obama has called us to be a team of mutual responsibility and global outreach, so let the floodgates of respectful debate and unspun viewpoints be opened for discussion.
A new era
Well, we have a new president, but I wonder how many of us thought we would see a black president in our lifetimes. We were due for a change in our government and it started at the top. Now it's time to work down to local governments as well.
Since change is in the forecast, maybe next we can see a female president. But just think ... we lived to see history at a time when we could save it on tape.
Milestone for all
Excuse me, but am I missing something about President Barack Obama? I realize how important it is to celebrate the first black president. But even more of a celebration would be the election of a biracial president. Don't you think? Now that would really be a cause for celebration. Oh, wait -- we do have a biracial president. Let's celebrate the true milestone here. Blacks and whites both have a claim in this celebration.
JOANNE M. TIMKO
The multitude of citizens taunting President George W. Bush at the inauguration by chanting goodbye was a classless and ignorant display. This was a president whose administration kept us safe from additional terrorist attacks while other countries such as India and Great Britain suffered cowardly atrocities from Muslim extremism.
One may not agree with his views, but to insult the president of the United States in such a manner is simply wrong. Shame!