In the interest of saving our state needed money, being proactive and in having enough magistrates to handle the work in the future, I hope our thoughtful and Christian legislators will consider passing legislation that mandates screening applicants in advance for magistrate positions to exclude those against Buddhist-Protestant unions, mixed-race (including African American-Caucasian but also any other undesired racially mixed) unions, Democrat-Republican unions, urban-rural unions or any other unions these public servants may object to out of their sincerely held beliefs.
Recently, the Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter at the University of Oklahoma made national headlines for a racist chant that launched a large-scale investigation. Though systematic racial issues surrounding Greek organizations are important to talk about, the conversation needs to be shifted.
Regarding the March 21 news article “GOP seeks 14 years of records from Cooper”: Perhaps it would be good for elected officials from both parties to release such records. It would be good to have email records from all members of the North Carolina House and Senate as well as other elected offices. I think we all would be interested in having access to these as well as correspondence with North Carolina lawmakers, correspondence with former governors, correspondence with former lieutenant governors and their official calendars since each was elected, including use of state vehicles and airplanes for official travel.
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Regarding Gene Nichol’s March 20 Point of View on President Obama and his Selma speech: Once again Nichol is wrong. Nichol lauded the president, for his oratory and compared his speech marking the 50th anniversary of the march from Selma to Montgomery to that of Dr. Martin Luther King’s great speech on the Mall in Washington in 1963, the Gettysburg Address and Jefferson’s inaugural addresses.
The March 15 article announcing the re-enactment of the Battle of Bentonville mentioned only the civil rights movement and slavery. What does that have to do with the anniversary of the Battle of Bentonville where our ancestors valiantly fought and lost their lives for Southern independence and liberty? It is estimated that 70 to 80 percent of Confederate soldiers did not own slaves and therefore had no financial interest in fighting to preserve slavery. Lincoln used this idea that the South was fighting to “preserve slavery” as a wartime measure.
Regarding the March 23 editorial “A forest victory”: I am glad that N.C. State is developing a plan to retain the 79,000-acre Hofmann Forest near Jacksonville. The original plan was to sell the forest and put the money into alternative investments that supposedly would yield greater annual revenue compared with forest enterprise and research.
Barack Obama took office as a rookie president. And now six years later, I do not believe he is even junior varsity! He needs remedial help in understanding the Israeli-Palestinian impasse, and the person he needs to bring to the White House for a one-on-one is Charles Krauthammer. The latter’s March 20 column “No peace in our time” pretty much said all one needs to know why talks have not and will not lead to peace during Benjamin Netanyahu’s time as prime minister.
Regarding the March 22 news article “Wake covering substitute teacher costs this week”: I could not believe that teachers are expected to pay $50 toward their substitute if they are out. Teachers in this state are underpaid, and having to pay part of the sub’s pay sounds ridiculous.
Regarding the March 21 news article “Fracking rules to cover federal, Indian lands”: Has anyone noticed the stark contrast between the new federal rules on fracking and the North Carolina rules on fracking?
The March 25 editorial “Right’s knight” raised some interesting points. The last sentence stated that a president should be a leader who brings people together, and Ted Cruz seems only to know how to tear them apart.
The March 24 letter “Million-dollar request” left me scratching my head in confusion. The letter writer dismissed the NCGOP’s request for records as “juvenile” and “purely a political move,” but nothing could be farther from the truth. This is serious business.
The March 6 news article “Tax credits loom large in NC budget debate” left out some critical information about North Carolina’s amazing track record on investing in clean energy. An October study by the Pew Charitable Trusts concerning North Carolina’s solar industry found that total spending on state incentives 2009-2013 were $135 million and that that sum generated $2.67 billion in clean energy investments. That’s a 20 to 1 return on investment.
Regarding the March 24 news article “Tax revenue shuffle officially on the table”: I find it very interesting that Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown thinks that redistributing sales tax revenue to rural counties from the wealthier ones is “one of the most important bills we’ll see this season.”
I thought it impossible that I would ever agree with any statement made by state Rep. Paul Stam. I was quite surprised when I read the March 22 story “N.C. is rethinking reliance on gas tax.” The article closes with the Republican legislator stating that lower gas prices, fuel-efficient vehicles and electric cars are a good thing. Wow. Has nobody told him that President Obama also supports these three goals?
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