Letters to the Editor

5/10 Letters: I see irony in Johnson’s healthy breakfast flier

Just a shallow ploy?

Many thanks to Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson for educating thousands of N.C. parents and students by sending out a glossy flier outlining the benefits of eating a healthy breakfast.

It’s a bit ironic that the flier came out the day after the Trump administration announced a rollback of regulations put in place by the Obama administration for schools to provide healthier options in school lunches.

Those rollbacks undermine every point Johnson made on his flier, from improved attendance and academic performance to less obesity and health issues.

Surely, as someone who cares about the well-being of our students, Johnson will try to influence President Trump and his fellow Republicans to reverse these rollbacks.

Otherwise, the fliers might be seen as just a shallow ploy to try to convince voters he cares about the well-being of the children of N.C. schools.

Mark Slattery, Raleigh

Thank the police

The UNC Police, Chapel Hill town police and officers from other agencies that have assisted in keeping the peace during demonstrations related to Silent Sam deserve to be commended for their professionalism and effectiveness.

Despite blatant attempts by demonstrators to provoke a police confrontation they have maintained their composure and succeeded in maintaining order and protecting everyone’s safety.

Police often become ancillary targets of protesters because they are the visible symbols of authority. They must try to be as neutral as possible when two, or more, factions clash.

The UNC administration and the town of Chapel Hill should be vocal about their support and admiration for the officers who work to keep the peace in trying circumstances.

Robert Porreca, Hillsborough

Former UNC Police commander

Redo cell phone ban

Congratulations to the N.C. House Speaker and his committee for crafting a bill addressing the use of cell phones while driving.

Unfortunately, this bill could have been straight-forward and focused on the problem of distracted drivers using phones, but it layered in so much complexity that it’s ineffectual and virtually unenforceable.

North Carolina should take a page from states that have enacted bans on using a cell phone while driving – period!

Lee Green, Wake Forest

Congress must act

If someone stonewalls against a subpoena “contempt of Congress” means going to jail for not honoring this legal request.

Threatening words need to have some actions with them or they are just empty statements and accomplish next to nothing.

Congress must find additional backbone and actually hold people accountable, finish their investigations and present a conclusion, and stop the empty gestures of continuing to collect data until it’s too late to do anything constructive with their findings.

The public is exhausted by this waiting game being played. If there is indeed something to be found, then show it and get on with the next step.

If there isn’t, then move on to something else.

The game being played out before the public between the executive and legislative branches of our government needs to produce a product before the public just looses interest based on pure exhaustion. And nobody wins!

Margie Maddox, Cary

Stay out of Venezuela

Considering military options in Venezuela is hardly the way to promote democracy in Latin America. Military intervention is old-school thinking that is counterproductive.

Over the years, U.S. military intervention aimed at regime change in Central America, Iraq, Iran, Syria, and Afghanistan has left us mired in continuing wars to prop up unpopular governments. It has also inspired counter-aggression, caused thousands of civilian deaths, and created tens of thousands of homeless refugees not welcomed elsewhere.

Rather than solving problems, military intervention only creates larger problems abroad and squanders our resources at home. It’s time to look for better alternatives.

Vernie Davis, Cary

Arctic silver lining?

We’ve all heard the saying, “There’s a silver lining in every cloud.” Has Secretary of State Mike Pompeo found that lining in the cloud of melting Arctic sea ice?

He says it offers a great opportunity for increased trade – shortened travel times from Asia.

Wow. That’s not the kind of finding I’d expect from a guy who stood first in his class at West Point.

Melting sea ice also presents defense issues and has disastrous impacts on animal and human life.

Lee Downie, Henrico