As a volunteer at a Duval County Public School at which my wife teaches, I am disappointed when I hear references to the “better” schools in St. Johns County.

That statement disparages Duval educators. On the contrary, my wife and her colleagues are incredibly professional, educated and diligent.

St. Johns has the distinct advantage of educating fewer children from challenging socioeconomic circumstances.

Those circumstances often result in less engagement from the family in the child’s education, putting more of the burden for that education on the school and, specifically, the teacher.

I contend that Duval schools could be rated better for educating in a more challenging environment.

Art Mills, Jacksonville




I found it almost funny but really sad that according to the Today in History section, in 1973 the Senate began the Watergate hearings, investigating a once popular President Richard Nixon.

Now, 44 years later, many are saying we’re in the same “Waterboat” again!

Another president being questioned about his actions. Didn’t 44 years teach us anything?

Carl J. C. Hafner, Jacksonville




Early this week, someone inside the government learned that President Donald Trump discussed a plot regarding laptops on aircraft with the Russians and leaked it to the press.

The worst possible spin is put on it — namely, that disclosing this deeply compartmentalized secret to the Russians jeopardizes the security of the free world and endangers U.S. cooperation with a mysterious key ally were that ally to be exposed. Reporters take that spun story to every Republican they can find to rub their noses in it.

Not one news report mentions the fact that in March, the administration quite publicly banned laptops from being carried in the cabins of aircraft coming to the U.S. from 10 airports in the Middle East based on security concerns.

It would not be much of an intellectual leap for the Russians to deduce that there was actionable intelligence on a terrorist threat involving laptops from that ban long before their office visit with the president.

Now we finally learn that the mysterious ally is Israel, which is apparently unconcerned, judging by their public reaction, despite reporters’ desperate attempts to find any Israeli official who’ll slam the president for them.

That is also no great surprise, given the historic and well-known U.S. cooperation with Israeli intelligence and the fact that a threat from laptops was no earth-shattering revelation.

To say the press has made a mountain out of a molehill with this whole story would be a gross understatement. What possible reason could the press have for doing that?

Lee Handford, Jacksonville




The Times-Union editorial on fake news was conveniently forgiving of the mainstream media, placing much blame on Internet media.

Unfortunately there are frequent instances of the purveyors of deceit being articles in the Times-Union by The Associated Press and Washington Post.

Most of their published articles on politics are so manipulative and adversarial that I don’t read them anymore.

Their political views belong on the editorial page, so I can read the rest of your paper like an informed citizen should. We need much more accountability for what is written.

Chuck Smith, Ponte Vedra



There are an increasing number of articles suggesting that President Donald Trump should be impeached.

The “reasons” given would be humorous if the topic were not so serious.

He fired FBI Director James Comey.

He may have said to Comey that he wished he would let go of the Russian/Trump investigation (something that Trump had a perfect right to do).

He passed high-level (code word) info to Russians (a presidential right no matter how disgusting, no matter how stupid).

Trump is only about 10 percent into his presidency (obviously, he will be a one-term president). We need to give him more time than that. He’ll undoubtedly do more “less than presidential” things, but he does hold the office.

Fred Mathis, St. Augustine




The Preamble to our Constitution reads: “We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

If one takes a moment to compare these words with those being regurgitated by our 111th Congress, it’s easy to see the perils of greed. Our general welfare has been set aside for purpose of political survival. Party affiliation has replaced the idea of nurturing the common good.

Thankfully, our forefathers had the vision to make impeachment of a president by a dysfunctional Congress virtually im­possible. It would take a two-thirds majority of the Senate to impeach and they know it. Then again, it’s a headline grabber, fundraiser and hides the most lucrative shell game invented by man:


Roger Robinson, Jacksonville