As I watched Donald Trump give his acceptance speech, I was struck by the frenzied reactions of the convention crowd after every sensational lie he shouted about how horrible everything is in our country and that (not how) he was going to fix it.
Regarding the July 20 news article “Wake schools may be dirtier, less comfortable after budget cuts”: Somehow our politicians can justify spending $46-plus million on bike lanes that will not be used and are short $17 million for education.
Article VI of the U.S. Constitution states that no “religious test” should ever be required for federal office. Also, a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 1961 stipulated that states may not have a “religious test” for holding public office.
Seems to me that evangelical, ultra-conservative Republicans who these days appear to represent the party majority are so filled with ideology and infatuation with our Founding Fathers that they have lost sight of common sense and everyday needs of most Americans’ essential fundamentals like housing, food, jobs, health care, equal opportunity for all and life’s other basics.
One thing that J. Peder Zane said in his July 6 column “Casting Trump backers as ignorant animals” is correct: It’s a dangerous time for democracy. But while mocking “the elites” and experts for calling both “Brexit” and the rise of Donald Trump wrong, he misses the point: the reason they got it wrong.
Regarding the July 17 news article “Trump not the first choice for some N.C. delegates heading to Cleveland”: State Sen. Ronald Rabin said Republicans planning not to back the nominee “put their own power and pride before the welfare of this nation.” Well, Rabin has it all wrong.
Regarding the July 12 editorial “Nursing home safeguard gone”: Thank you for informing your readers of the General Assembly’s decision to eliminate oversight and accountability for the long-term care industry by shutting down the Penalty Review Committee.
Regarding the July 22 news article “NBA pulls All-Star Game out of N.C. over HB2”: The governor and his cronies passed a law protecting the ability to discriminate, a “common sense” solution to a nonexistent problem. This legalized bigotry has cost the state money, jobs and reputation.
Regarding the July 20 news article “Melania Trump plagiarism allegations draw fire – toward the media”: For the North Carolina Republican delegates to blame the media for Melania Trump’s plagiarism problems is like blaming the scorekeeper for the loss of a ballgame.
Regarding the July 15 news article “McCrory signs budget, touts teacher pay raises”: When I first came to North Carolina, I was impressed with the beauty of our highways. Sadly in the past few years they have gone downhill.
Regarding the July 19 news article “Federal judge could draw new Wake County maps”: Residents recognize that productive discourse requires us to avoid stereotypes and profile-based opinions. I am concerned that your newspaper continues to profile the litigants in the redistricting case as “left-leaning” plaintiffs.
Regarding the July 15 Point of View “Angry physicians lose faith in board”: Treating patients is a tremendous responsibility. Board certification provides a nationally recognized standard for doctors to demonstrate that they possess the knowledge to practice medicine throughout their careers.