Letters to the Editor

September 22, 2017

As citizens of this great country we have certain rights, but with those rights come responsibilities to be active in positive change. Voting is a cornerstone of those responsibilities.

We have all heard the “politics doesn’t affect me” phrase used as an excuse not…

September 21, 2017

As I sit here and continue to watch the coverage of the flooding, I see neighbor helping neighbor, stranger helping stranger and I realize that people are quite genuine to one another. I see that people do really love their neighbor, regardless of their skin color, sexual preference, or their faith.…

September 20, 2017

So Ross Douthat thinks the North Korea situation is similar to 1962, and the Cuban missile crisis of that year.

In what universe? You find yourself wanting to ask him. (”Korean Missile Crisis echoes one from ‘60s;” Rocky Mount Telegram; Sept. 1, 2017)

Oh, well, he’s young.…

September 19, 2017

To Ivan Price (letter of Sept. 9) and others who believe that defense of slavery was an insignificant cause of the Civil War:

Declarations of Secession were passed by South Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi, and Texas. In each one, defense of slavery is the foundation of secession. Slavery as the main…

September 17, 2017

In recent days a new term has been added to America’s consciousness – the path of totality.

We learned about this term in the days and weeks leading up to the solar eclipse. As the moon orbited the earth, it’s arc passed neatly from the West Coast all the way across to the East…

September 16, 2017

The overt racism displayed in Charlottesville, Virginia and the response from Donald Trump in the aftermath, should leave no doubt in anyone’s mind that racism in this country is alive and well. Trump’s pardoning of Sheriff Joseph Arpaio, a man whose law enforcement career centered on…

September 15, 2017

The bigger they are, the harder they fall. My father taught me that when I was just a child. At the time, he was talking about schoolyard bullies, pushing the other kids around just because they could. I thought of it again when I started getting letters in the mail from Dominion Resources telling…

September 14, 2017

Stop look and listen! God really does belong in our city!

A little over a year ago the date for the march “God Belongs in My City” was set for Aug. 28. How were the organizers to know that it could be dangerous to gather anywhere in these days of unrest and violence?…

September 13, 2017

Who is going to pay for all the damages from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma? The answer is all of us.

How will we pay for it? Higher insurance rates, higher costs for building materials, higher labor costs, higher road taxes, higher gas prices, higher food prices, higher costs for almost everything.


September 12, 2017

Monuments erected in the South after the Civil War were bought almost exclusively by women's groups and for the expressed purpose of honoring their dead. Their inscriptions reflect this and do not include racial statements. They state variations of "to our Confederate dead," etc. These monuments…

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