Letters to the Editor

2/26 Letters: Honoring NC ancestors should include anti-Confederate ancestors, too

We fly Confederate flags to honor our ancestors” (Feb. 22) does more to dishonor than it does to honor, even as it provides us with an unfiltered glimpse into the neo-Confederate world view. Where is the ‘honor’ in Stone’s choice of words when he characterizes the majority of Americans, who do not sympathize with in-your-face neo-confederatism, as “dogmatic,” “left-wing,” “ideological” “cultural Marxists” full of “frenzied hatred” and “fanaticism?”

One chooses epithets such as these not to ‘honor’ anyone, but rather to sow discord, hatred, and fear. Such speech puts the lie to neo-Confederates’ frequent assertion that intimidating anyone is the furthest thing from their minds.

William Auman’s excellent history, “Civil War In The North Carolina Quaker Belt” (well worth a read by every Tar Heel) details many North Carolinians’ less than enthusiastic support for the Confederacy, with vast numbers of Union sympathizers, army deserters, and members of resistance groups such as the Heroes of America and the Red Strings rendering the western half of the state all but ungovernable by secessionist politicians.

I will believe that those who plant giant Confederate flags along our highways seek only to “honor our ancestors” when they reject Stone’s and the Sons of Confederate Veterans’ hateful rhetoric – and when they begin to raise monuments to their numerous anti-Confederate ancestors too, right alongside those Confederate mega-flags.

William Busa

Durham

Change needed

Regarding “‘Enough is Enough,’ students say in Raleigh rally to end school shootings and gun violence” (Feb. 20): As a supporter of the Borgen Project, which is a national campaign that believes U.S. leaders should focus more on global poverty, I believe legislators have an impact on foreign policy, as well as the recent incidents of gun violence throughout the U.S.

I admire all the students within my city who believe in change, not just for themselves but for future generations. I am an African-American female, combat veteran, a parent who volunteers in school activities and I possess a handgun permit. I do not feel that we as Americans should lose our right to bear arms, but stricter laws need to be implemented.

The weapons carried by those serving in the military should not be sold to anyone. Also, the ways to obtain a gun permit should come with more restrictions. A change needs to happen, before all of our children suffer.

Takamma Wallace-Berry

Raleigh

Support offshore drilling

Regarding “Stein leads charge against offshore drilling” (Feb. 3): I write today in support of the 2019-2024 National Continental Shelf Oil and Gas leasing program. North Carolina is positioned to be a key partner in this important endeavor. Exploring the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) would strengthen the US position as an energy superpower thus generating jobs, revenue and maintaining our national security.

Energy independence from some countries who will sell us their oil but are most certainly are not our friends is a vital component to our national security. As a veteran, in a community of veterans, I understand the importance of opening up areas of the OCS as it will allow us to maintain our role as energy leaders while maintaining our own national security.

As North Carolinians, we must support the addition of the areas that have been closed for offshore development. Accessing and exploration in now safer than ever before and it is simply to important for our state and our nation.

Maggie Sandrock

Former Chair

Harnett County Republican Party

‘Well-regulated militia’

Regarding “17 dead in school shooting in Florida; suspect, 19, arrested” (Feb. 15): In the spring of 1968, as a member of a well-regulated militia (6th Battalion, 119th Infantry, 30th – “Old Hickory” – Division, NC National Guard) I marched through the streets of my hometown of Wilmington in an effort to discourage unrest after the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King. As an expert marksman, I was in the forefront with live ammunition loaded in my weapon.

In 1972, I was discharged. Since I was no longer a member of the well-regulated militia, I did not consider it my right under the Second Amendment to bear a weapon. I still don’t. A well-regulated militia will not come into our schools and kill our children. Assault weapons should not be accessible to anyone else.

Michael Graybeal

Cary

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