If you wonder why veterans don't get the service they deserve, check out the recent Wall Street Journal article by Kimberly A. Strassel. According to the article, in 2012, the VA had 258 full-time employees who were receiving full pay and benefits to do only union work. Seventeen had six-figure salaries up to $132,000 in 2012. According to the office of personnel management, the VA paid for 988,000 hours for official time in fiscal year 2011 -- a 23 percent increase from 2010. Of course they have 200,000 members who vote the right way. This happens in too many federal, state and local unions.
The same is happening in universities -- the overwhelming majority of all campus contributions from Ivy League faculty and employees went to President Barack Obama. When you send your children to these institutions, do you think they are not being brainwashed? Think again.
According to former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, Harvard University's obligation is not to teach students what to think but to teach how to think -- and that requires listening to other points of view. But when a conservative speaker is booked, the faculty and students often protest.
Richard J. Dolan
Hilton Head Island