Not Carrboro’s fault
I would like to correct a misstatement I had originally written regarding the trashed property at 201 N. Greensboro St in Carrboro currently owned by CVS.
I had taken the town of Carrboro and CVS to task over the condition of this property.
Well it seems the town and our mayor have on numerous occasions tried to resolve this property issue with CVS but to no avail. CVS is not listening. This information was not known to me at the time if my original letter, and I apologize to our mayor.
So it seems the public shaming over the condition of this property should be directed at CVS solely.
All we residents are asking is for CVS to be a good steward of this property. Is that so much to ask?
The gun-control agenda
The Aug. 7 letter, “Money, politics and gun safety,” is filled with errors and biases too numerous to address in this limited space, so I’ll speak to the use of taxpayer money to control an agenda.
The 1990 taxpayer-funded CDC research on gun violence was agenda-driven. One researcher said, “We’re going to systematically build the case that owning firearms causes deaths,” and another said that they “intended to form a public health model to work toward changing society’s attitudes towards guns so that it becomes socially unacceptable for private citizens to have guns.”
The problem is that their conclusions came before their data. So, the 1996 Congressional Omnibus bill directed, “that none of the funds made available for injury prevention and control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may be used to advocate or promote gun control.”
The CDC also ignored research. A North Carolina handgun violence study found that the majority of fatal handgun crimes were committed by people with prior felony records who cannot acquire guns legally. When the CDC was asked to submit talking points from that research, they refused.
I oppose taxpayer-funded research meant to drive the political gun-control agenda.
Today’s ten highest grossing box-office releases are about animals, including “Finding Dory,” “The Jungle Book,” “Zootopia,” “The Secret Life of Pets” and “Kung Fu Panda.” Nearly half of our households include a dog, and nearly 40 percent have a cat. Two-thirds of us view them as family members and cherish them accordingly. We love our animals to death.
For every cat, dog, or other animal that we love and cherish, we put 500 through months of caging, crowding, deprivation, mutilation, and starvation, before we take their very lives, cut their dead bodies into little pieces, and shove those into our mouths. And that doesn’t even include Dory and billions of her little friends, because we haven’t figured out how to count individual aquatic animals that we grind up for human or animal feed.
The good news is that we have a choice every time we visit a restaurant or grocery store. We can choose live foods – yellow and green vegetables, legumes, fruits, nuts, grains, as well as a rich variety of grain and nut-based meats and dairy products. Or, we can choose dead animals, their body parts, and other products of their abuse.
What will it be?
The land of the free has become the land of murder and of death. I can’t find a bright cloud or peace in my homeland.
Deep down in my soul I am troubled with grief for the country I once knew and loved.
The world has lost love and respect for its peoples.
The election troubles me with its contention and dirty play. The respect due the candidates is gone. Trump has declared open war on foreigners, on Muslims and on “illegals,” And veterans. It’s a mess. My country’s been annexed and made ugly by guns and by death. I feel robbed of peace, and tranquility.
We need a firm hand on the tiller of the ship of state and a clear mind to guide it. An FDR or a John Kennedy or someone with vision and a firm plan for the future.
The role of president needs a firm plan and a vision for the future. The world need guidance in dangerous times. It needs clear astute minds to take us forward to hopeful future.
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