Regarding “Trump’s lawyers are looking for ways to undercut Mueller’s Russia investigation” (July 20): I anxiously await the statements from Sens. Burr and Tillis affirming to all of us that no, the President should not have the right to “pardon himself” if he commits crimes.
My ancestor, James Matthews of Cane Creek, N.C., fought in 1779 as a private in the Continental Army against the idea that America should be ruled by a monarchy. Many others in this state have fought or continue to fight for that right. Will all of those sacrifices have been in vain?
Over and over again in the past six months, President Trump has flouted the rule of law. Sens. Burr and Tillis and other GOP members of Congress continue to march right behind him as if they are twirling batons in his honor, marching steadily away from democracy and the Constitution they swore to defend. I hope we hear from all of our members of Congress in the next week saying loud and clear that the president is not above the law.
Rev. Barber ‘speaks truth’
Regarding “NAACP’s Rev. Barber says praying for Trump ‘borders on heresy’ ” (July 18): The recent war of words between the Rev. William Barber and the N.C. Republican Party over a recent Oval Office prayer meeting with President Donald Trump illuminates the sharp contrast of religious visions at the heart of divided politics. The Republicans express shock and outrage over Barber’s denouncement of the prayer meeting, but his words remind me of the Biblical prophets who condemned the civil religion of their day.
Meanwhile, Jesus instructed his disciples to pray, “thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Would anyone really want to spend eternity in the scorched-earth version of heaven put forth by the Republicans and their religious enablers? May all be challenged by the Rev. Barber’s courage to speak truth to power.
Save historic building
As a lifelong Raleigh resident and a retired N.C. government employee, I read with much interest the “In MLS push, soccer club proposes downtown stadium” (July 20).
One of the ironies of the proposal is that the Raleigh and Gaston Seaboard Coast Line Building, constructed around 1862, once again finds itself in the path of a proposed change in land use in the downtown area. In 1977, after a push by Raleigh preservationists including my mother, Sarah Williamson, the building was moved from the area where the Halifax/State Government Mall is now located, across North Salisbury Street and then restored in 1988.
I can only hope that the parties to the proposed project – the soccer club, Kane Realty and the State of North Carolina – should it happen, will move and once again preserve this building, which is both a Raleigh Historic Site (1973) and a National Register Property (1971). It would be very sad to see it demolished and be permanently lost after all the time and effort it took to save it over 40 years ago.
Sally Williamson Greaser