Sometimes we edit letters with every intention of running them, but other letters move to the forefront before we can get them all in. Here are six that have timed out.
I have great fear that critical aspects of our democratic republic are in danger unless we better understand the current sociological/political conditions underlying public anger. Others agree, as the Pew Research Center reported that “Overall trust in government has changed little over the past year, but is at one of its lowest levels in more than half a century.”
Such public concern with those in power in many institutions is justified, yet it is important that we keep in mind that noble and capable public servants remain. D.G. Martin, Tom Ross and Erskine Bowles come to mind immediately. On a local level we have such altruistic politicians as Mike McLain, Camden County commissioner. He holds a doctorate and has successfully served in administrative positions for years. His public service activity is truly substantial. Activities leading to greater wealth have been of lesser concern to him than activities devoted to improving our society.
We owe such public servants as McLain, Martin, Ross and Bowles our admiration and should not confuse such self-sacrificing and gallant citizens with others who answer to greed and evil. May these four and others like them remain in public service, and let us all verbalize our thanks to them.
Reed Adams, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor of Sociology, Mid-Atlantic Christian University
Your Jan. 22 article on the rise and ultimate winning of a majority in the recent election by the radical Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt’s new government should not surprise anyone. While President Obama has been praising the Arab Spring and supporting, even initiating the overthrow of existing governments in Tunisia, Libya and Egypt, he has quietly helped to usher in groups that are radical and hate the U.S. The Salafists are firmly heading towards implementing strict Shariah law in those Arab countries.
While Obama’s Justice Department initiates lawsuit after lawsuit against the states, I noticed the photo in the article showed an elderly woman in Gaza, Egypt with her photo, voter ID card, required to vote. If the Muslim Brotherhood can figure out that voter ID is a good thing, why can’t the Democrats? What are they are trying to hide?
In Genesis 9:6, Exodus 21:12 and Leviticus 24:17, God commands murderers of His creatures be put to death.
State Democratic legislators enacted a very bad law, the so-called Racial Justice Act. The act allows convicted murderers to reverse their death sentences to life in prison. Republican legislators voted to repeal the act but Gov. Beverly Perdue vetoed the repeal. Perdue and Democrats have sinned against God by disobeying his command to put murderers to death. When sinners die, God sentences them to hell, where they remain forever. There is no escape. Democrats and Perdue have served Satan, embraced and become a party to the sin and evil of murder.
I ask Perdue and Democrats who enacted the act, is coddling murderers worth spending the remainder of your existence in hell where the fire is not quenched?
James R. Hardy
The other day while waiting for my car to be serviced, I couldn’t help but overhear a conversation between two men regarding the Republican primary. One made the rather blunt statement, “I’m not impressed with Romney or Gingrich,” and the other agreed. This seems to be the consensus among even Republicans this year.
I couldn’t help but wonder whether these obvious Republicans had given any thought as to just what their sentiments actually meant. To me, it means the Republicans are extremely out of touch with the rest of America. The only thing we have learned about either is that he has an awful amount of uncomplimentary baggage, and they both know how to spend an awful amount of money to spew negative and uncomplimentary facts about each other! Is that presidential? I don’t think so.
At a time when America is struggling to retain its position as a moral and economic leader, the last thing we need is a president who arrives on the scene already tarnished by his deeds and/or behavior. It’s fairly safe to say that if President Obama had any skeletons in the closet, someone would surely have let them out by now. Vote for the better qualified man, not the party man.
We cannot conclude that if Newt Gingrich were the nominee that he would be unable to mount a high-cost, media-centric campaign in a large and diverse state. Once the Republican Party settles on a candidate, all of its considerable resources will support that candidate.
We cannot conclude that Mitt Romney’s aggressive debate performance helped him win in Florida, because most of the voters made up their minds before the Florida debates and even before the South Carolina debates. That is a reflection of the maturity of the Florida population. What Gingrich did not do is attack Romney on Medicare and Social Security. Those issues could have swung the race toward him, but it would also risk alienating conservatives.
Gingrich’s more inclusive policy position on immigration did not pull votes to him. That should have been expected. It is a policy position that will play better in the general election because most Hispanic voters are Democrats and independents.
This race is not decided. Romney needs to stay aggressive, and Gingrich needs to focus his message on the issues that matter most to where he is running. Both candidates have shown an ability to change, so I think we can expect a robust competition.
I am not a teacher, but I care about schools, teachers and students. I worry about declining standards exasperated by state budget cuts and bad legislative decisions. I used to be anti-union. For the most part, labor unions have outlived their usefulness. However, recent state legislative events caused me to change my stance on collective bargaining rights.
Midnight legislative sessions, overturned vetoes, forced teacher association changes and drastic budget cuts have hurt our schools and teachers. And the cuts will have a negative effect on our children's ability to succeed.
Because of all the political games, I am now a proponent of increased teachers’ rights and their need for collective bargaining. The state’s ugly political environment has set our education system up for certain failure and it must stop now. With cuts to schools and the obvious disrespect of teachers’ rights, collective bargaining rights for teachers may be the best solution now.
We must support our teachers, protect them from political backlash and help them rise to the socioeconomic status they deserve. Without improvements to teachers’ careers, salaries, and benefits, the best educators will continue to flee our state for better opportunities in higher performing districts where elected officials still respect teachers' rights.