Traveling with unsecured Blackberry
Hillary Clinton supporters cite her tenure as secretary of state as her main qualification to be president. Instead when picturing Hillary as secretary of state many remember her embarrassing "reset" button with Russia and the murder of Ambassador Stevens and three others in Benghazi, Libya, during her tenure.
Hillary did travel throughout the world as secretary. Unfortunately, traveling with her was her "unsecured" Blackberry. We now know thanks to Hillary's email scandal that despite repeated warnings from security personnel not to use an unsecured Blackberry, Clinton ignored all warnings and, purely for her own convenience, used her personal Blackberry as well as her personal "unsecured" home server. Stories abound over the last few years of countries like Iran, North Korea, and China among others trying to hack government facilities. Security personnel in Washington have no doubt that Hillary's Blackberry and/or computer were compromised while she was secretary of state.
It's a sign that America has lost its soul that such a deeply flawed candidate could be considered for president because so many Americans are disconnected from reality.
Control access to social media
Social media is synonymous with friendship. However, an oft overlooked problem is the anonymity. While doing things in person is slowly fading, the use of social media by high school students is becoming a difficult place for many. The ease with which a student can type something impersonal is growing, allowing those who would ordinarily be deterred by physical altercation to excel in their craft of bullying. In my opinion, the younger kids are allowed to access social media the more cyberbullying is taking place due to the anonymity of social media.
There should be age requirements and identity verification to use social media, to be verified by use of government issued identification. This identification would reduce the urge to say nasty things because everyone would be no longer anonymous. Some might view this as an invasion of privacy, but if we decrease bullying, we decrease the number of mass shootings and the number of suicides.
Freedom to choose therapy
Re: "Conversion therapy risky for youths", March 23. In a nation built on liberty, numerous freedoms have been taken from Americans over the past several years. And among them is a very personal freedom - the freedom to choose therapy.
Colorado is one of multiple states trying to ban "conversion therapy" for minors with same-sex attractions. First, the premise that this counseling is 'conversion' therapy is a misnomer. Youths who seek therapy for unwanted same-sex attractions or gender identity conflicts believe there are specific causes for their feelings, and seek help to resolve those causes. Counselors are not attempting to 'convert' anyone but are affirming their clients' desires. This is done through talk therapy; certainly not electroshock or any form of torture.
Gay activists contend that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youths need a support system of family and friends that helps them navigate through what is often a confusing time in their life. That's true - it is a confusing time - and shouldn't we also accept our friends or children who are questioning their sexuality, by allowing them to get any therapy they choose? Everyone has the right to resolve unwanted desires and unmet love needs. If someone desires to work through those issues with a counselor, who are we to stop them?
As a professional who cares about all youths, not just some, I do not support proposed legislation to ban therapy options for minors in Colorado. We need to protect and respect all youths, not just some. That's true tolerance.
Slowing down for healthier life
What many have come to call "The Slow Movement" is an idea that people may benefit by moving from the fast-paced lives to which they are so accustomed and going back to a slower, more intentional way of living. Some individuals have started to slow their lives by growing their own food, cooking and exercising more, along with changing how they view technology. The desired result is to help people live healthier, more focused lives.
People who exercise for more than 15 minutes at a time, spend more time socializing with others, and eat whole, unprocessed foods tend to have a greater satisfaction in life. These are a few examples of how The Slow Movement works, yet this is just scratching the surface on a larger cultural change.
We live in a society of health shakes, 15-minute exercise plans, and chocolate-covered protein bars. While these are not inherently bad, they do not provide the satisfaction or health benefits of exercising for an hour, eating healthier, or spending time with family instead of on social media.
Questioning North Carolina's governor
Hopefully the governor of North Carolina will not travel to Europe. Their bathrooms are generally labeled simply WC (water closet) with few if any gender specific bathrooms. If he goes how will he ever use the latrine?
War declaration a bad idea
Our pundits and presidential candidates have inflicted us with far more nonsensical solutions to our Middle Eastern wars than we deserve, from carpet bombing to using nuclear weapons, but Robert Blaha's editorial in your March 30 edition reached new heights of arrogance.
Exactly what would his suggestion of a declaration of war allow us to do what we're not already doing? Because a declaration of war means that one nation is in a state of war against another, it represents a de facto recognition of IS as a state - something they're quite desirous of. And what about Al Nusra, or al-Qaida, or other terrorist groups. Will we need separate declarations for them? A formal statement of war also invokes the Geneva Convention. That means that captured terrorists will no longer be terrorists but enemy soldiers who can't be put on trial or imprisoned, but put into relatively comfy POW camps until such time as the war ends - which is a problem in itself.
What Blaha's suggestion will do, is to give our Congress a chance to do nothing again, but to make courageous sounding speeches and photo ops while accomplishing nothing.