Letters to the Editor

2/6 Letters: Should the Panthers really get their own Hall of Fame?

Panthers’ Davis, Kalil need more than statues” (Feb. 3) is way off with its call for a Hall of Fame for the Carolina Panthers. Are you kidding me? The Panthers haven’t even won a Super Bowl yet. Shouldn’t you have to win at least one Super Bowl before you rate a Hall of Fame?

Generally speaking, there’s too big a rush for these types of halls. I like what NBA great Jerry West said about the subject. He said that selection to the basketball hall should be reserved for the truly great players. The Panthers are barely 25 years old too. That’s young for a sports team. Leave it and go with a franchise store. Fans can buy merchandise if they want to put up their own shrine to the Panthers at home.

Robert Peele

Rocky Mount

Price of art

Regarding “New Capital Boulevard bridges will be works of art, pedestrian friendly” (Feb. 2) I read with disbelief that nearly $1 million has been allocated for artwork on the Peace Street bridge in Raleigh. A million dollars.

With our legislators complaining that they don’t have enough money to fix our crumbling bridges and highways, how can they choice to spend that much money on artwork? Where’s the common sense? How many other projects like that are siphoning money away from needed repairs? Surely I’m not the only one who sees a problem here.

Phil Partin


Expand family leave

After giving birth in 2007, I requested 12 weeks of unpaid leave from my job. I was denied. I was part of the 64 percent of North Carolinians that are not eligible for the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

Yesterday, FMLA turned 25. It has helped millions of Americans take job protected unpaid leave from work to care for an ailing relative, recover from birth, or adjust to adoption. But it’s not enough. Millions of working Americans are not eligible for FMLA. Of those that are, many cannot afford it.

When it was signed into law in 1993, FMLA was intended as a first step toward paid family leave and earned sick days. The law never grew up. A paltry 15 percent of American workers have access to paid leave. America is now the only industrialized nation that does not offer paid parental leave. What modern families need is a comprehensive paid family and medical leave program.

North Carolina has an opportunity to be a leader by filling the gaps in FMLA. Will the state seize an opportunity to support its workers and strengthen business? Or will it remain at the bottom of the competitive barrel by shortchanging its potential workforce?

Jeannine Sato

Member, NC MomsRising

Hope for peace

The editorial “In Jerusalem, Pence backs embassy move” (Jan. 26) suggests that the Trump stance on moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem forecloses the possibility that some part of Jerusalem might become the capital for a future Palestine. But, here is what Trump actually said in his announcement: “We are not taking position on any final status issues, including the specific boundaries of the Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem or the resolution of contested borders. Those questions are up to the parties involved.”

In addition to being the holiest city of Judaism, Jerusalem has historically been the capital of the Jewish people and served as its emotional center for over 3,000 years. Jerusalem has never been the capital of another people. Israel should not have to wait for recognition of their capital because the Palestinian leadership rejects peace.

For too long, well-wishers have indulged the Palestinian dream that one day Israel will be gone. Israel’s offers of a viable Palestinian statehood, including a capital in East Jerusalem, have been repeatedly rejected by the Palestinian leadership. Just last week, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas made another belligerent and under reported speech, which The Atlantic did describe: “[Abbas] deployed anti-Semitic tropes [and] undercut the Jewish connection to Israel ... [Abbas] has morphed into a bureaucratic tyrant, hostile to America and downright incendiary towards Israel.”

I would rather we envision a secure and prosperous future for both peoples, in which their respective histories are acknowledged. Accurate reporting and analysis are essential for that aspiration.

Michael Ross