Jesus taught love
Regarding Elaine Tomberlin Lopez’s “Not really marriage” (CHN, July 19):
I found the letter complaining about the Episcopal Church’s allowing gay marriage rather amusing. The author used a verse in Leviticus (18:22) to justify her view. Does she also avoid eating rabbit meat, pork, oysters, clams, scallops and shrimp (Leviticus 11)? Does she consider menstruating women unclean and follow God’s rules for them and anyone near them (Leviticus 15:19-25)? Does she feel that anyone with a tattoo should be barred from church activities (Leviticus 19:26)? Does she ever wear clothing made of two different materials (Leviticus:19:19)? Perhaps all adulterers should be stoned to death (Leviticus 20:10). By the way, Jesus said that all those divorced and remarried were adulterers (Luke 16:18).
We could go on and on demonstrating how many Christians are very selective about which of God’s Old Testament commands they follow. Perhaps the Episcopal Church understands the basics of Christianity more fully than Ms. Tomberlin Lopez!
For Christians, Jesus’ sacrifice symbolized a “New Covenant.” Jesus didn’t say anything against homosexuality, although, during a time when ancient Romans engaged in casual homosexuality, Paul did (I Corinthians 6:9-10). Paul also told slaves to obey their masters.
Rather than arguing about writings of 2,000 years ago, perhaps we should accept what science tells us about homosexuality. It is not a choice! Let’s stop the bickering and begin treating each other with the love Jesus’ teaching demand.
The headline “IFC plan gives board pause” on the Board of Aldermen story in Wednesday’s CHN is a poor match for the article. In fact, the majority of the board members expressed a desire to move ahead without delay in finding out what legal steps are necessary to include a "community kitchen" use in the land use ordinance and to the go through the usual public process to make the appropriate changes.
The writer is a member of the Carrboro Board of Aldermen
Level the playing field
The writer of the letter “Living wage better for the bottom line” on Sunday believes that the minimum wage should be raised to $10 per hour but would prefer $12 per hour. However in an attempt to make his case, he makes a number of unsubstantiated assertions, has some facts wrong and cites the work of the Economic Policy Institute (hardly an unbiased source since its stated objective is to make wage growth an urgent national priority).
He starts off talking about minimum-wage workers but then shifts to talking about low-wage sector workers when he wants to make the problem bigger than it is – one third of all jobs.
He then correctly states that a full-time minimum-wage worker earns $15,080 annually but shifts to the poverty line for a family of four (in which if two people worked they would be above the poverty line even if they were both minimum wage.
I fail to see how the average age of a minimum-wage worker could be 35 if 88 percent are 20 or less. The math just doesn't work.
I don’t see how better pay reduces absenteeism and turnover and that the workers who stay on the job tend to be more educated and skilled. I would think that the more educated and skilled workers would be more likely to move on and up to better jobs.
Suppose you raise the wages of your front-line workers. Now they are making what their supervisors make. So they will want a raise and on up the chain.
Then we come to the idea of workers who make more have more to spend. Sure, but everything will cost more. That item on the dollar menu at the fast food store is now $1.50. And rather than have new jobs created you will have jobs lost. Just ask the folks in Seattle. They raised minimum wage to $15, and a lot of their restaurants closed.
All of this might lead you to believe that I am opposed to people making more money. I am not. But it cannot be done by government fiat. There are certain jobs which do not contribute enough to a business to pay more than minimum wage. These are entry-levels jobs designed to allow a person to train and develop skills to enable them to move up. And certain industries where the profit margin is so slim that they just cannot afford higher wages.
One solution of course is for folks to stay in school and develop the knowledge and skillls to give them access to better jobs. But a bigger part of the current problem is that the country is flooded with illegal immigrants who will do jobs for less than U.S. citizens. The obvious solution is to stop illegal immigration and punish companies who hire people here illegally.Wages will rise on their own when there are more jobs than there are workers and workers compete on level playing field.
Vincent M. DiSandro Sr.
We are Pam Stewart and Brian Bock; former Republican commissioners in Chatham County. We are writing to comment on repeated statements from the Renee Ellmers team regarding our campaign in 2014. As two of only four elected Republican commissioners over the past 150 years in Chatham County, we are intimately familiar with the political realities of Chatham.
This is why I’m disappointed to see representatives from the Ellmers campaign make statements about Jim Duncan “doing damage to his own county” by “losing the county commission to Democrats.” The first part of the statement is demonstrably false, the second is misleading and ignores a 150-year history.
We have firsthand knowledge of Duncan’s leadership during our historic victory in 2010 and the 2014 campaign. In both campaigns Jim organized over 200 volunteers in a county that prior to 2010 had very few. What the Ellmers team fails to note in its comments is that Ellmers won Chatham County with a 55 percent to 45 percent margin in 2014 under Jim’s leadership. Democrats enjoy a 2-1 margin over Republicans in Chatham.
We now have more registered Republicans than ever in Chatham’s history. During the 2014 election we had more active volunteers than in the past. These accomplishments were achieved by many and Jim would be the first to give credit to others.
Ellmers’ campaign team statements regarding Duncan’s leadership as county cChairman are disingenuous and insulting to the volunteers for our campaign who donated thousands of hours organized by Jim.
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