Robert X. Murphy Jr., M.D., president, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Bethlehem
Salena Zito's commentary was nothing more than a piece of yellow journalistm hurled at the first black president ("Obama snubs Gettysburg," Nov. 15). The president has been under attack from day one: his birthplace, religion, education, and patriotism all endlessly scrutinized. Now The Inquirer elects to print a hateful article like this in order to pander to people who hate the president.
Sherry Sauerwine, Galloway
Good city salesman
As government affairs director for the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, I was delighted to join Mayor Nutter's trade mission to Israel. As Philadelphia's chief executive and cheerleader, the mayor did our city proud. He touted the many advantages of visiting and conducting business in Philadelphia with everyone he met. And it was a joy to see the response. This kind of goodwill cannot be created via a phone call or a letter. It is the face-to-face interaction that will benefit our city as it realizes business opportunities and creates bonds of friendship and cooperation.
Robin Schatz, Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, firstname.lastname@example.org
50, fat, and happy
Except for a blink-and-you-miss-it reference, you'd never know from The Inquirer's recent coverage how Comcast holds its dissatisfied customers hostage thanks to its monopoly status ("Comcast turns 50," Nov. 10). You'd never know that this status was aided by then-Mayor Edward G. Rendell - who now sings the company's praises - when he helped torpedo RCN's bid to give Comcast much-needed competition. And you'd certainly never know the level of disdain from a company that condescendingly declared customers don't need or want superfast, gigabit Internet access. Or that Comcast seems to repeatedly make billing errors always in its favor.
Dominic F. Manno, Philadelphia, email@example.com
Another way for the University of Pennsylvania and Penn State to diversify their classrooms would be to seek out more graduates from urban high schools in Pennsylvania ("Penn, Penn State draw more foreign students," Nov. 12). But that might require adequate teachers, counselors, support services, and funding for the state's urban schools.
Carol Johnson, Philadelphia
Nominate a citizen hero
Who should be The Inquirer's 2013 Citizen of the Year? Nominate someone who helped the city, state, or nation in an effective, creative way. Briefly describe his or her achievements in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject "Citizen." Or mail it to: Citizen of the Year, The Inquirer, 801 Market Street, Suite 300, Philadelphia 19107. The deadline is Dec. 6.