Letters to the Editor

2/13 Letters: If Trump wants to honor military, raise military pay

Regarding “White House advances idea of military parade” (Feb. 8): President Trump may sincerely believe that an all out, expensive military parade similar to ones seen in France and dictatorships like North Korea and Russia would be a good thing. Who doesn’t enjoy the pomp and ceremony (and salutes to the president)?

Apparently, the troops don’t – 89 percent who responded to an Army Times survey said it was a “waste of money and the troops are too busy.” And some would have give up their well-earned vacations to train for it.

Our president was able to avoid the draft five times. So, since he never served, he is clueless about what a parade entails for our uniformed men and women and their equipment. If our president really wants to honor our military, instead of spending millions of dollars on a parade, use the money to raise military pay. And since the new tax bill is a huge boon to himself, his family, other extremely wealthy individuals and corporations, maybe they could donate the money. As a military dependent of long, long ago, I know how much that would be appreciated.

Suzanne Johnson


Budget deal ‘unconscionable’

Regarding “Senate passes massive budget agreement” (Feb. 9): For years, we have urged Congress to make the tough decisions necessary to change the collision course of our fiscal ship. In the budget deal passed on Friday morning, lawmakers chose to ignore that advice and instead ordered full speed ahead on an ever-deepening sea of red ink.

The spending levels contained in the Bipartisan Budget Act are undisciplined, unsustainable, and unconscionable. The National Taxpayers Union offers our sincere thanks and the gratitude of Americans across the nation to Rep. George Holding, R-N.C., who stood against this massive increase in government spending and stood up for the taxpayers of North Carolina.

The spending deal breaks the promise to taxpayers of the savings of the Budget Control Act and jump starts a new era of massive deficits. This abdication of fiscal responsibility threatens the economic growth that taxpayers had hoped to gain from the landmark December tax cuts and raises the specter of tax hikes on future generations to foot this bill.

Rep. Holding took a bold stand against this tide of excessive expenditures, and deserves a round of applause for recognizing the stark reality that taxpayers are now facing.

Pete Sepp

President, National Taxpayers Union

Preserve life

Thanks for printing David Brooks’ column, “The abortion memo” (Feb. 3). I am a Catholic Democrat, with a background in human rights (organizing subsistence farmers in Latin America, supporting immigration rights, land reform, alternative agriculture, etc.). It appalls me that the Democratic Party has closed its eyes to the rights of viable infants.

As with many people I know, elections are heartrending – I don’t like what the Republicans stand for, but cannot vote for federal or state candidates who advocate abortion. Democrats should stand for a whole life ethic, working to preserve and better life at all stages, for everyone.

Arthur Powers


Fund public art

Regarding “Conservative critic questions plan for Capital Blvd. bridge art” (Feb. 7): This issue of public funding for art through the “Percent for Art Program” has been supported and endorsed by nonpartisan city councils and mayors in Raleigh for almost 10 years, and has been adopted nationally in cities and states for decades.

To say in 2018 that a “Percent for Art” project is a “waste of taxpayers’ money” is uninformed or at least short-sighted, especially at a time when Raleigh is trying to bring a major corporation (Amazon) to our area. Great cities have outstanding and diverse public art. Quality of life, livability, and attractive downtowns are vitality important for cities. I am sure public art and support for the arts are on the criteria list for Amazon. Look at Seattle for confirmation.

The narrow point of view that public funding for art is a waste of money is detrimental to the progressive image we need to project if we want to be seriously considered as a national “player.”

C. Miller Sigmon