Letters to the Editor

10/12 Letters: School changes test students’ adaptability

Regarding “Parents push back against plan to alter school assignment policy” (Oct. 1): I was somewhat amazed when reading the article about the concerns of parents about their children possibly changing schools or not being in the same school with siblings.

Our children not only changed schools within the same district but went to schools in three different states and were rarely in the same school at the same time from kindergarten through high school. They not only adjusted but thrived. Neither they nor we as parents regret those experiences. They have all become successful and accomplished adults, and some of that I believe comes from their ability to adapt to challenges and change.

Marilyn Talbot


Statements ‘ridiculous’

Regarding “Trump lashes out at Puerto Ricans after mayor’s criticism of administration’s relief effort” (Sept. 30): Trump on Puerto Rico. He sounds like a petulant grade school child trying to show his importance or show he is better than everyone. He continues to denigrate the Puerto Rican people, infrastructure and the massive debt instead of showing his compassion for people who do not have food, water, electricity or homes to live in.

Trump lashed out at the mayor of San Juan because of her criticism about the lack of support and said, “They want everything to be done for them.” What a ridiculous statement. Unfortunately, he is our president and has made America a laughing stock of the world.

Nedra G. Mills

Holly Springs

Fair health care

Our President, who can self-insure all of his and his extended family’s health care needs with his billions, and many members of Congress, all of whom have comprehensive federal health insurance, are ideologically committed to “repealing and replacing” the ACA health insurance that directly covers millions of American and indirectly affects most Americans. Most agree that the ACA needs modifications. All Americans, however, should insist that repeal of the ACA be coupled with the repeal of Congress’ federal health insurance and that the replacement insurance for Congress be identical in benefits and restrictions to that which will be available to those who elected them to Congress.

While this health care debate continues, we should all be reminded of the principle proclaimed by the late Clarence Poe of Raleigh, who had long advocated better health care for rural populations in his role as editor of The Progressive Farmer and who was a visionary leader of North Carolina’s unique Good Health Movement in the 1940s: “Our democracy will never be complete until every person, rich or poor, high or low, urban or rural, white or black, has an equal right to adequate hospital and medical care whenever and wherever he makes the same grim battle against ever-menacing Death which sooner or later we must all make.”

William W. McLendon, MD

Chapel Hill