amNewYork letters to the editor
Its time for U.S. to start talking
Its high time that the Obama administration fulfilled its campaign promise to enter into talks and establish diplomatic relations with countries that we currently have to use Swiss or other diplomatic channels to reach out to. We cannot consider that, by cutting ourselves off from countries such as Cuba, Iran and North Korea, we are in any way doing ourselves a favor. Its time for us to shape up and approach the 21st century with a new openness.
Paul Corell, Brooklyn
Swine flu is hardly a pandemic
Re Fear spreads over swine flu, April 27: Calling this current outbreak of swine flu a pandemic, as you did in todays article, is irresponsible. The American Heritage Dictionary defines a pandemic as, Epidemic over a wide geographic area and affecting a large proportion of the population. Twenty cases in this country, and 1,500 on this continent, hardly rise to that level.
Cara Greene, Astoria
Country is better off after 100 days
The concept of 100 days measurement of any president is more media exercise than serious debate on the direction of a new administration. However, the only measuring stick of President Obama should be: Are you better off then you were 100 days ago? I am better off because mypresident reads, writes and listens. I am better off because my president is not only respected, he is liked.
Larry D. Fowler, Brooklyn