Letters to the Editor

1/15 Letters: Today, Remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a man of wisdom, a man with a dream, a man of courage. Where there was violent protest, he saw the need to lead peaceful demonstrations. Where there was injustice, he saw the need for social reform.

Even today, the questions of civil rights, rights abuse, sex abuse, discrimination between male and female remain contested issues: at the White House, in Congress, in the workplace, in our schools and, yes, even in our churches. The earlier movement began with education – and education of the need to exercise the electoral process and the right to vote.

What you don’t use will atrophy. What you don’t use, they say you don’t need. What you don’t need, they tend to take away. A vote, like a young mind, is a terrible thing to waste, as is not taking this time to pause and to honor the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Daniel A. Young


Go forth, designers

So excited to see the full-page announcement about the “All Access” 2018 National High School Design Competition by Cooper Hewitt. I remember the awesome work in universal design that was championed here in Raleigh by the late Ron Mace and his dynamic wife Lockhart Follin-Mace. Ron was internationally celebrated for his designs and research, and Lockhart advocated for inclusion and access for all people.

I hope we see a lot of designs from our state. And I look forward to some great coverage of those designs (and their designers). With all of the trouble and problems in the world, it is healthy, good and beneficial to encourage and recognize the problem solvers. We owe Cooper Hewitt and Target a big “thank you” for this effort.

Go boldly forth, young designers. I, for one, cannot wait to see what you’ll do.

Vonna Viglione


‘Non responders’

Perhaps others in my N.C. voting district get a response from Rep. Nelson Dollar and Sen. Tamara Barringer. Over the last few years, no one has answered the phone at Rep. Dollar’s office or returned calls; Sen. Barringer’s secretary usually answers the phone and says she will pass my concerns/questions on to the senator.

I have yet to receive a response to my questions/concerns about current issues from either of my representatives. Perhaps it’s time to replace these “non responders.”

Edgar L. Thompson


‘Wonderful idea’

Regarding the letter to the editor “Build a farm” (1/11): What a wonderful idea. A city partnership with the NCSU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and College of Natural Resources would be a logical path toward making the farm a successful learning experience for students and for the citizens of Raleigh.

R.W. Johnston