Letters to the Editor

1/11 Letters: What Dix Park really needs is a farm

Thanks for “In transforming Dix Park, it’s mostly been ‘what ifs?’ A vision should take form in 2018.” (Dec. 27) regarding the Dorothea Dix Hospital property.

For much of its history, the property included a farm where the patients helped grow their own food. How wonderful it would be to reestablish a farm there, with cows, pigs, chickens, goats, a vegetable garden and fruit trees. This would be a fun and educational attraction for our children. It would doubtless become the most popular feature of the park and would honor the property’s history.

Matthew Brown


‘No argument’ on guns

ATF struggles to inspect gun dealers amid staff shortages” (Jan. 9) underscores arguments made by those who favor more restrictions on guns. Inspections of firearms dealers by the ATF are few and far between. Which means that the very agency attempting to enforce the regulations has no idea how many firearms dealers are in compliance.

And just last month, news outlets reported that the Department of Defense consistently failed to report the names of military members convicted of crimes to a federal database that would prevent them from purchasing and possessing guns. One such purchaser was Devin Patrick Kelly, who gunned down 26 people in a Texas church.

Mark Jones’ quote is telling: “even though we arguably lose far more people to firearms.” This is a former ATF special agent. Arguably? There is no argument about the numbers of Americans killed by gun violence every single day. The only argument is what is to be done about it.

Laurie McDowell


Cut ‘waste’

Regarding “Gov. Roy Cooper says lawmakers must pay for smaller K-3 classes” (Jan. 5): The problem is not that the Republican party is not funding the money. The problem is the county schools are allocating the money to areas other than where it is needed. Why do the county schools have so many administrators? Each superintendent has a deputy, and each deputy has an assistant deputy, and then you have have all the clerical workers for each assistant deputy superintendent. When all these salaries are added up, the pay for one year could pay for numerous teachers and assistants. However, this would be putting the money where it is needed, in the classroom.

In Johnston County, the combined salary of the superintendent, and all of his deputies, assistant deputy superintendents and their assistants is over $1 million dollars a year. That budget alone could fund several teaching positions and school supply needs. It is not the folks in Raleigh’s complete fault; the counties hold some blame as well. They always want to cut education, when there is a lot of excess waste not tied to classrooms.

Daryl L. Hales