Opinion

Letters to the Editor

4/20 Letters: Splitting NC school districts is a bad idea

Regarding “Lawmakers want more study of district splits” (Apr. 13): Why after months of discussion and hearings do state lawmakers just now understand they don’t know enough to make an informed decision on how to proceed? Because this issue is a good example of the Republican leadership looking for another way to further their agenda of not supporting the public schools in North Carolina.

Op-Ed

Barbara Bush, a first lady without apologies

She knew who she was, and she saw no need to apologize for it. In the spring of 1990, the administration of Wellesley College – the alma mater, as it happened, of Hillary Rodham Clinton – invited Barbara Bush, then the first lady of the United States, to speak at commencement and receive an honorary degree. Students at the women’s college protested, declaring in a petition that Mrs. Bush had “gained recognition through the achievements of her husband,” and adding that Wellesley “teaches us that we will be rewarded on the basis of our own merit, not on that of a spouse.”

Letters to the Editor

4/18 Letters: NC Pork Council CEO talks tariffs and China

There has been plenty of news lately about China’s decision to place tariffs on a wide range of American products, including pork. But “The looming trade war exposes a dependence on industrial farming” (Apr. 13) by a UNC-Wilmington professor linking Chinese tariffs to the need to reform North Carolina farming practices is off the mark. The writer begins with a false narrative – that North Carolina’s trade in pork with China is of major significance. In reality, China produces almost all of its own pork. Of the sliver of pork products that China does import, about two-thirds is from Europe. North Carolina farmers provide about one-tenth of one percent of China’s pork supply.

Hungry as a child, now she wants to feed Haiti and the world

Edna Ogwangi, who well remembers food shipments from the U.S. when she was a child in Kenya, shows people how to produce food for themselves through Raleigh-based Rise Against Hunger.
Robert Seligson