Letters to the Editor

3/22 Letters: Why I sided with Trump on the national emergency declaration

Why I backed Trump

In a March 12 Forum letter a writer argued that I should oppose President Trump’s national emergency declaration in order to protect Congress’ constitutional powers.

What he and many editorial writers in North Carolina have gotten wrong is that the president’s declaration is lawful and constitutional expressly because Congress gave his office the very authority he invoked.

In 1976, Congress passed the National Emergencies Act, which enables the president to use his executive order powers to declare a national emergency. Since then, every president has exercised these powers and more than 30 national emergencies are still in effect.

I have concerns about any president having this much power, but changing that requires Congress to change the law. I would support revising the National Emergencies Act, but until then I have a responsibility to respect the laws Congress has passed.

I agree with President Trump that we must address the crisis at our southern border. After reviewing the law, I believe the president is within his rights to issue an emergency declaration to do so.

Sen. Richard Burr, Washington, DC

Say ‘no’ to quarry

Our family is vehemently opposed to a quarry on our public lands next to Umstead State Park.

Elected officials must come together and save this land for future generations.

The best cities are green cities. Raleigh should be one of them and serve as a leader in conservation.

For generations this parcel has been used by local Boy Scouts as recreation land for hiking, biking and camping. It is mind-boggling to watch development come in so quickly when a more popular and sustainable RDU forest plan has been presented.

How can people be so selfish when the greater good is at stake?

Julie Hall, Raleigh

Applause for Staton

Many of us backed ECU Chancellor Cecil Staton. Count me among thousands who applaud, and fully support, his vision for our alma mater to be more than a regional institution.

We do not see such an aspiration as in any way conflicting with the university’s important mission to serve the people of eastern North Carolina. No university does more to improve the quality of life for this underserved region.

Ned Barnett’s parting shot – “(ECU’s) ambition should be to serve eastern North Carolina, not to be Harvard on the Coastal Plain” – is the same patronizing perspective that has saddled East Carolina for half a century. Shame on him.

Mike Hughes, Raleigh

ECU Foundation Board member

Stand up against ICE

In the debate over whether ICE is doing good or bad things, where are the Christians – or more importantly, Christian leaders?

True, some church groups have sheltered a few undocumented immigrants to prevent family break-up, but the larger organizations have been silent allowing fear of deportation and family break-up to spread. Surely this is against everything taught in the Gospels.

There is a similarity here to the treatment of Jews in Nazi Germany. If we stay silent we acquiesce in this.

Jim Barton, Raleigh

New Zealand terror

When terrorist atrocities have been committed by jihadists, people have called on “responsible” Muslims to condemn and renounce the evil of the violence.

Now, the shoe is on the other foot. A hideous act of cruelty has been committed by someone who claims to be defending western Christian civilization.

It is necessary for white Christians to condemn and renounce the evil done in New Zealand.

It needs to be loudly proclaimed that this act does not represent our true values and that it harmed rather than defended us.

We can disagree about policy about immigration and culture and identity, but we must agree that it is evil to walk into a place of worship and slaughter people who are “other.”

We must do this regardless of who the victims are.

Joe Swain, Carrboro

Pass Krawiec’s bill

I would like to commend N.C. Sen. Joyce Krawiec for filing a bill that would ban female genital mutilation.

For some reason I thought that this terrible “crime”’ was already illegal.

Female genital mutilation should be banned worldwide. I don’t care if someone’s tradition, custom, or religion says that young women should have some of their private parts mutilated.

I would like the N.C. General Assembly to pass this bill, and the governor to sign it into law.

Chuck Mann, Greensboro