Elected officials, especially members of Congress, please take notice. Follow Christie's lead. Work together to best help the people you represent, not your party. When we work together we can accomplish amazing things.
Jim McGogney, Marlton
Subsidizing flood insurance
How can Scott G. Knowles discuss the proper role of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the economic loss caused by Superstorm Sandy and not even mention the National Flood Insurance Program ("Exposed to disaster," Wednesday)?
NFIP is a government program, administered by FEMA, that insures high-risk properties against losses from flood. Before NFIP, homeowners were on the hook for losses incurred from floods. Private insurance was unavailable because insurers quite understandably considered the risk unacceptable.
Unsurprisingly, the Government Accountability Office recently reported that the NFIP "likely will not generate sufficient revenues to repay the billions of dollars borrowed from the Treasury Department to cover claims from the 2005 hurricanes or future catastrophic losses." In short, taxpayers will increasingly be on the hook for losses caused by hurricane flooding. Why should my tax dollars (or those of someone living in the middle of the country, 1,500 miles from the nearest ocean) subsidize flood insurance for someone who chooses to build a home 50 feet from the coast?
The government should get out of the insurance business. If someone builds his home on the coast, he, not I, should bear the risk. Let the market sort it out.
Ward Williams, Wayne, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sharks circling Andy Reid
There is a "blood in the water" mentality regarding Eagles coach Andy Reid ("Dead man talking," Nov. 20). The sharks are circling. Reid is to be run out of town. It seems as if every play is called into question, and his explanations are dismissed.
Conveniently lost in this campaign is the sad fact that Reid lost his son just before the season started. Who could function in a satisfactory fashion in that circumstance?
This season was lost when Garrett Reid died. Either Andy Reid retires or takes a leave of absence, leaving the coaching staff in disarray, or we have what we have here.
No one knows what the coach is going through, unless he's been through it himself. I have. My son, 17 years old, died from cancer this past June.
Please show some humanity.
Ken Kelly, West Chester, email@example.com
I'm sure many at The Inquirer thought the "Dead man talking" headline in reference to Andy Reid was clever. Based upon Reid's family tragedy, I found it to be in extremely poor taste. In fact, I'm exhausted reading all of the Eagles-bashing articles (so I didn't today). I thought I received The Inquirer, not the New York Post.
Pete Byers, Pitman, firstname.lastname@example.org
Solving the concussion problem
Yes, the National Football League can eliminate concussions, but only if it takes a totally different approach to solving the problem ("Can NFL make the game safe for quarterbacks?" Nov. 17).
The main culprit in the head traumas is the plastic helmet. Yet no one seems to question why the NFL still allows this hard, non-forgiving material to be used. A 1935 Buick Roadmaster had fenders that you couldn't dent with a sledge hammer. It was big, solid, and very heavy. It was sold as a very safe environment for drivers and passengers. Fast forward to today's much safer cars, which are designed to crumple and absorb the shock of impact.
If the NFL were to eliminate plastic helmets, and use a forgiving rubberized or leather version, that would go a long way toward solving the problem.
Ronald Knepper, Belmont Hills, email@example.com
Why privatize lottery operation?
Why does do-nothing Gov. Corbett want to fix the things that aren't broken (voting and the lottery), but doesn't budge to fix the things that are broken (our bridges, roads, public transit, and the Liquor Control Board) ("Firm in line to run Pa. lottery," Wednesday)?
The Pennsylvania Lottery runs a smooth and efficient operation that makes a profit benefiting seniors. It also keeps on growing, even in the face of new casinos being built. Why add a middleman to siphon off profits?
Here's a big red flag to show that something is amiss: Most of the bidding process was done behind closed doors, with no public hearings. What are you hiding, Gov. Corbett?
Michael Miller Jr., Philadelphia
Real question about Benghazi
All the interest in who altered the talking points regarding the Libyan terrorist attack is no more than a smokescreen ("McCain softens his opposition to Rice," Monday).
The only question I want answered is, why was security not beefed up, as requested consistently by the ambassador? Instead of an increase in security, someone made the decision to weaken it. Who made the decision to not protect our personnel and why?
That's the question that is too important to be ignored. Is it ignored because the person is too high up to be named? The secretary of state? The newly reelected president?
Dan Landis, Broomall, firstname.lastname@example.org
Answer questions on Benghazi
As a registered Republican, I think Susan Rice would be an excellent candidate for secretary of state. It is unfortunate that President Obama tarnished her image by placing her in the limelight of his postelection cover-up.
Almost immediately after Osama bin Laden was killed, the Obama administration released specific details, including some classified information, about the operation, and a timeline of events. By contrast, two months after the terrorist attacks in Benghazi, with an ambassador and three other Americans dead, we have little knowledge of what the president knew and what his actions were. The victims' families, the American people, and Congress deserve answers.
Anthony Meehan, Philadelphia