Reader feedback Aug. 13: Ford carrier, health care, teaching morality

Carriers and subs

Dennis, Newport News: Just wanted to compliment you on Wednesday’s paper about the planes landing on the Ford for the first time. You can never do enough stories on the aircraft carriers and submarines. Well done, as usual. Keep up the good work.

Editor: Our coverage of the Newport News shipyard has been a mainstay at the paper for years. We do our best to keep up with the stories from the company, which is the largest employer in the Commonwealth of Virginia. It’s like a small city inside a city, and we know our readers want as much information as we can give them about the company and its latest developments.

Parks passes

Carol: I liked your story on the seniors pass for the park system. Could you please tell us where in the area we could get the passes?

Editor: Passes can be purchased at any federal recreation site, including national parks like Yorktown Battlefield and Jamestown, or online at

Puzzle book

Jerry, Hampton: About the puzzle book, don’t throw it away. Pass it along so someone will have something to do. That’s what I did with mine.

Editor: Thanks for sharing your suggestion Jerry. Maybe someone will read your comment this Sunday and do just that.


Read the Feedback section of this past Sunday’s paper and saw that Jonathan is leaving for Duke University. He was a great guy. I enjoyed reading all his stories. It wasn’t what he wrote but how he wrote it. You’ve just got a plethora of great photographers and news reporters as well. I had to throw the photographers in because we take them for granted sometimes, as we do all the folks at the Daily Press. Keep up the good work.

Editor: I’m so glad you liked Jonathan’s work, and I know the photographers appreciate your comments as well.

Dave, Denbigh: I have just renewed my subscription to the Daily Press. I haven’t renewed it because you’re the world’s greatest newspaper, because you are far from that. But you are the only real news source on the Peninsula that gives us information about what’s going on in the area. One example of that is the many, many voluminous articles you have had about airport commission and the shenanigans they were up to with People Express. Without your reporting, particularly Dave Ress, there’s others too, we would know nothing without the Daily Press. The television news is scant, and there’s very little investigation going on. The only real news source on the Peninsula to keep the big boys honest is the Daily Press. You try to do some investigative journalism about what’s going on with those that are running our area. The airport commission story is a good example of that.

Editor: I am glad that you think our stories on the People Express debacle are worth the cost. Watchdog work – particularly about how government agencies conduct their business and spend taxpayer dollars – is our bread and butter at the Daily Press, and we will do our best to keep on the forefront of those kinds of stories.

•I was calling to deliver my gratitude for the good job your paper, the Daily Press, is doing. I’ve been a subscriber for many years, and my poems and my political endorsements and letters to the editor have appeared … have been appearing in the Daily Press over the many years … I’ve done newspaper writing when I was younger, and I became a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, and I really do appreciate your newspaper, Ms. Porto. You’re doing a very excellent job at managing it, in my opinion.

Editor: Thank you for your kind words. But the credit for the quality of this news organization goes to the dedicated professionals at the Daily Press Media Group. They are committed to sharing the stories of our community and helping our advertisers reach the right audience for their customers. They are the heart of what we do and how we do it, and I am grateful to work with them every day.

Health care

Dave, Hampton: Thank you for your Sunday editorial, “In search of a winning RX.” I think it really explained a lot of the reasons we’re having problems. I believe that the last paragraph is the key. Neither Obamacare nor the GOP bill have addressed that issue. I think we all know why with lobbyists and free money flowing both ways. If we tackle that with investigative reporting for transparency, we might discover how to solve the other issues. Thank you so much, and I hope you will keep up the good work.

Habitat Restore

Sheila: Thank you for your article about the Habitat Restore. I’ve been to that store a number of times, and boy it is great. I’m glad they are getting more space. Thank you for your reporting.

Editor: I couldn’t agree with you more. I’ve been there once or twice myself. It’s a treasure trove of goodies for those of us who don’t mind gently used items that are searching for a new home.

Teaching morals

Roger, Hampton: I just finished reading the article by Kate Mishkin: “Behind bars, a focus on morals.” My question is, why can we spend taxpayer dollars to help inmates improve their morality so they can get out of jail, but we can’t spend taxpayer dollars by teaching morality and decency in school to keep the children from getting into jail?

Editor: It’s a good philosophical question, Roger. If studies show that early childhood education sets the stage for a successful adult, seems like it would follow that the same would be true in this case as well. But we do not know the circumstances of all of those who are behind bars. Their stories may well have included that kind of moral instruction from family, but still they ended up where they are. Life is, often, a little more complicated than theory. It would be wonderful if it were that simple, wouldn’t it? Sometimes the best we can do is be thankful that there’s a bit of good coming from a bad situation.

Today’s Feedback was written by Marisa J. Porto, publisher and editor-in-chief of the Daily Press Media Group.


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