Letters: Beyonce, tariff, 6 million, services not rendered

Does the whole world really need to see Beyonce (like all the other celebrities lately), posing in a bra, underwear and a veil announcing she is pregnant again? Someone, please bring back the Victorian era, where common decencies prevailed. Call me old-fashioned, but really, that picture should only be for her and her husband to share with each other.

Guess I’d better get used to this world “where anything goes.”

— Elayne Stratz Orange

I am not a lawyer, but I have learned to read reasonably well over the past 88 years.

According to the Constitution, which as of yesterday has not been repealed, in Article I Section 8 it states: “The Congress shall have power ... to regulate Commerce with foreign nations.”

Amendment X of the Bill of Rights states the powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people. There has recently been floated by the powers in Washington to pay for the wall by levying a tariff on many goods being imported from Mexico. This idea seems to be unconstitutional on the face of it, to say nothing of the harm caused to ordinary citizens and small businesses.

— Julian J. Grossman Woodbridge

As a daughter of a father who was murdered in the Holocaust, as a daughter of a mother who was thrown in jail with a newborn baby (me) for nine months during the war, as a granddaughter of grandparents who were murdered in the Holocaust, as a niece of aunts and uncles who were murdered in the Holocaust, and as a cousin of cousins who were murdered in the Holocaust, I am extremely disappointed that on International Holocaust Remembrance Day the White House chose not to mention the 6 million Jews who were slaughtered during World War II.

When I told my husband I wanted to write this letter he said to me “Don’t put yourself out there.”

For all the Jewish people who were denied a proper burial, I need to “put myself out there.”

— Liliane McClenning Hamden

I called Optimum concerning the loss of CBS over the past 12 days. It took four phone calls over this period of time to speak to a live person. I asked how Optimum was going to adjust their bill considering this loss of coverage.

The young man said they were not going to do anything like that.

How can this be? It’s like going into the store and paying for items that are out of stock and unavailable. We wouldn’t willingly do that, but with this huge cable company, we don’t have a choice but to pay for services not rendered.

— Robert O. Blake Sr. Milford

Every time I read Peter Berger’s column “Poor Elijah,” I mean to write a letter proposing him for our next secretary of Education.

He gets it. He has been in the trenches, as we teachers and former teachers say, and he knows what he’s talking about. His last article, which detailed the qualifications (or lack thereof) of our former and newly nominated national secretaries of Education was so damning it should be read by every parent in the country.

What have our presidents been thinking of? And it’s not just Trump. Not one single secretary of Education has ever taught in a public school.

Excuse me? Would we appoint a general to lead our troops in war if he had never once been in battle? I think not. Yet time and time again, people who are uniquely unqualified have been chosen by our presidents to be in charge of our nation’s education. I might add — the head of Connecticut’s state Education Department has never taught in a public school either.

Every time we get a new secretary, we get a new education program that might look wonderful on paper, but does not take into account the logistics of the classroom, or the students who inhabit it. It’s time for someone who knows what he/she is talking about — eg. someone who has actual teaching experience — be put into these leadership positions.

I nominate Peter Berger.

— Joan Wolf Milford