Chapel Hill: Opinion

What you’re saying: Ed Weintraub, Deborah Stroman and Ava Grigg

A McCarthy-ist mistake

I was shocked and disappointed by the letter from Rep. David Price entitled “Meaningful gun legislation overdue” (CHN, July 10).

Our so-called progressive congressman thinks nothing of depriving citizens of their constitutional rights to due process under the law.

Forcing a so called “suspected terrorist” to petition the government to restore their gun ownership rights smacks of McCarthyism. If someone is truly a terrorist they should be either deported, arrested or under surveillance.

This throwback to the 1950s truly scares me. Substitute the word “communist” for “terrorist” and see how easy it was to deprive someone of their constitutional rights. To deny a Second Amendment right to anyone without due process is no different than seizing property from so-called “suspected drug dealers” and forcing them to petition the government to have their property returned.

This pathetic Washington power grab is truly an inadequate response which will do nothing to stop future terrorist attacks, while undermining the rights of law-abiding citizens.

Ed Weintraub

Chapel Hill

I write to extend a heartfelt letter of gratitude to the 300-plus community members who attended and spoke at “A Healing Discussion on Race & America” July 11 at the United Church of Chapel Hill (CHN, July 17). I believe all in attendance were happily surprised to see the large number of concerned citizens joining together in the spirit of unity.

There is no doubt that we are a privileged people; we are educated and reside in a low-crime community with vast resources and access to wonderful opportunities. All of which are hallmarks of Orange County. We are blessed indeed. And yet, we have the capacity to hurt, disrespect, and even kill our neighbors.

Thus, it is ever so important that we continue to gather together to listen, learn, and share our emotions, perspectives, testimonies, values, and solutions to the healing of America.

I also wish to offer a special thank you to Rick and Jill Edens, co-pastors at UCCH, UNC’s Dr. Frank Baumgartner, who provided statistical insight on North Carolina traffic stops, Police Chief Chris Blue, who eloquently commented and answered numerous questions regarding policing and community engagement, and WCHL news anchor Aaron Keck, for his steadfast support and publicity of the event.

I am hopeful that this occasion improved our race relations by simply providing a safe space for us to hear the cries of black residents and the possibilities of a community that cares. We can do better, and I am confident that we will if we are all committed to be accountable to one another. Time will certainly tell.

Deborah Stroman

Chapel Hill

Last week, North Carolina got a chance to see the stark contrasts between presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

First, Trump’s Republican party remains deeply divided. Gov. Pat McCrory and Sen. Richard Burr were nowhere to be found during Trump’s visit to Raleigh. Not sure why. They are just as irrational as he is. By contrast, the Democratic party has united behind presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton.

Second, Trump’s campaign is lagging far behind in fundraising and infrastructure. Clinton’s campaign is firing on all cylinders, and the Democratic Coordinated Campaign is already out knocking on doors and winning votes for November.

Finally, and most importantly, is the sharp contrast between the candidates themselves. When Trump uses hate speech, such as suggesting a religious test for entry into America and that non-white judges can’t be impartial, he makes it clear that his campaign is about driving people apart.

Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, is all about bringing people together. As she said last week in Charlotte, she has a vision for a future where “we do great things together not as red states and blue states, but as the United States.”

We have a clear choice in November, a chance to vote for Hillary Clinton and in favor of unity, against xenophobia and hateful rhetoric.

Ava Grigg

Raleigh

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