In “Zero tolerance and zero fairness in the Rep. Hall case” (Mar. 14), J. Peder Zane relies on the same flawed tropes that have allowed sexual harassment to remain a normalized fixture in our society.
Sexual harassment, no matter its form or severity, is about dominance and power. When leaders use their privilege and position to demean, abuse, or degrade women, they must be held to a higher standard. That is not political: that is accountability. Unwanted touching, commentary, or attention is just that: unwanted.
The time for men who assume that they can do what they want, when they want, with whom they want, is up. An awakening towards the ills of sexual harassment is part of a “high-voltage cultural change?” That might be the most shocking claim in this piece.
Regarding “MLK gets drawn into debate over NC’s Confederate monuments” (Mar. 10): I wish I were shocked that some people equate Martin Luther King’s long and relatively successful struggle for equality of all Americans with Confederate leaders’ traitorous struggle to create a nation based on the claim that members of one “race” are justified in owning members of another “race” and treating them in any way they see fit including separating families, raping them, torturing them and murdering them.
I wish I were shocked that some people want a struggle between “races” in America when we so desperately need to be united. I wish I didn’t see the hand of American political leaders who have prospered by dividing us against ourselves.
But those things have happened for too long to be shocked and those politicians’ evil skills have been revealed long enough that people who fall for their racist talk have no excuses. Those who fought for the Confederacy were wrong and supported evil, and those who fight to preserve racist policies and symbols are wrong and are supporting evil.
Regarding “Without state incentive program, lights dimming on film industry in NC” (Mar. 4): Incentives to filmmakers are out-and-out bribes to private businesses financed by taxpayer money. As such, using taxpayer money for this purpose is totally wrong.
If incentives are what it takes to lure a filmmaker to choose a particular location, then let the money come from a fund set up by the film industry or other willing donors. Just don’t take it from taxpayers.
Stephen V. Gilmore
Regarding “Raleigh church plans to tear down historic-area homes for parking” (Mar. 9): Over the decades, Hayes-Barton Baptist Church has demolished seven historic houses to accommodate its additions and parking lot. Now the church proposes to demolish six additional historic houses to further enlarge its parking lot.
These six houses include fine examples of the Georgian Revival, Tudor Revival, and Craftsman styles of architecture. What a loss for Raleigh’s architectural heritage. What a loss for the beauty of God’s creation. And how sad for the neighbors who will have to gaze upon this huge parking lot.
Hopefully there are some courageous members of this church who will ponder our responsibility to God’s creation, and our duty to love our neighbors. Hopefully these courageous members will oppose the destruction of these beautiful homes, and propose a more positive legacy for Hayes-Barton Baptist Church.
Regarding “27% seeking seats in NC legislature are women” (Mar. 12): I laughed out loud when I read the Senior Vice President of the John Locke Foundation’s comment on why more Republican women aren’t running for office. She opined that “It may be that Republican women are just a lot smarter not wanting to jump into this toxic environment that we have.”
The women I know who are running are caring, intelligent and willing to work hard for our country. Trump’s election woke them up to the fact that our democracy is in jeopardy. They realize that an intelligent woman’s advocacy and commitment is not only helpful, but is also necessary to solve our problems, even if that means jumping into a “toxic environment.” It’s called courage.