Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Sue and Larry Yarger: Educational help for immigrants

Regarding the May 17 news article “New scholarship will support immigrant students”: Good to see the new Opportunity Scholarship featured. Our immigrants and refugees, including those without documentation, deserve the opportunity to further their education beyond high school. After all, we want the best in all professions for future years.

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Malcolm L. Williams: No enforcing bathroom law

The bathroom part of House Bill 2 is much ado about nothing. There are no enforcement provisions, and there is no penalty for breaking the law. Therefore, transgender people can continue to choose the bathroom of their choice without any fear of either being apprehended or paying a penalty.

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Phil Henry: Overreaching irony

It occurred to me while reading the May 19 letter “No raises for GA” that the leadership in the General Assembly wants to quote federal and IRS standards when it comes to per diem increases; however, federal laws and standards are overreaching when it comes to civil rights in the state.

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Douglas Johnston: Closing loophole makes sense

Regarding the May 14 Catherine Rampell column “A no-brainer for the GOP establishment”: Closing the carried interest loophole points the way for a one-two winning punch for America: use the $20 billion savings as a down payment on the “getting ahead” tax cut – a cut on the first dollars everyone earns, not the last millions of a few.

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Laura Werner: Put words into action on St. Paul A.M.E. windows

Here is our chance to put our words into action and bring goodness and positivity into the conversation of race and ongoing discrimination in our country. After the recent years of conflict and racial tension, we – meaning “people who believe they are white,” as writer Ta-Nehisi Coates calls us in his book, “Between the World and Me” – have a clear invitation in our own community to put some actions behind our words.

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Betty Buller Whitehead: Home-grown HB2 boycott

It occurred to me, as we were packing to drive to Emerald Isle on Mother’s Day for a week at the beach, that as a resident of North Carolina I can show my profound disagreement with House Bill 2 by enacting a boycott of my own. We may live in North Carolina, but we do not have to vacation here.

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John Twomey: Global image damage

Regarding the May 13 news article “Delta’s nonstop to Paris gets a big sendoff at RDU”: The N&O touted that after years (decades?) of effort we now have a direct flight to Paris and enhanced connections to the rest of Europe. Michael Landguth, the airport CEO, stated this flight will stimulate more foreign investment in the Triangle.

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David Roberson: Reasonable solutions to HB2

Regarding House Bill 2: Can we not find some reasonableness here? The legislature should remove the minimum wage and no lawsuits in state courts for discrimination parts of the bill and leave the bathroom, locker and shower restraints (with some clarification) for transgenders.

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Kerry O’Connor: The Democrats’ agenda

The federal government has no business telling the state of North Carolina what type of nondiscrimination ordinances it should hold. There are no federal laws that state transgender individuals must be permitted to use the restroom and shower facilities that correlates to their gender identity.

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Donna Carlson Yerby: Lawmakers failing children

Regarding Ned Barnett’s May 15 column “Lawmakers slow to truly protect N.C.’s children”: I must agree with Barnett that our legislators had a clear plan on how to “protect children” but decided instead to waste taxpayer dollars on defending House Bill 2 and put North Carolina in economic jeopardy.

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Erik Thomas: Leaving Bible out of academia

In reference to Nicholas Kristof’s May 16 column “A confession of liberal intolerance”: There’s a reason evangelicals are disfavored in academia: They approach scholarship with a preconceived notion – that anything in the Bible that isn’t obviously poetic language or a parable must be taken at face value.

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Don Clement: GOP’s red herring ruse

Regarding Ned Barnett’s May 15 column “Lawmakers slow to truly protect N.C.’s children”: North Carolina voters need to keep firmly in mind the concept of the red herring, the use of a smelly fish to distract dogs from the scent they are following.

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