The Opinion Shop

Letters to the editor: McCrory’s puppies, teachers, disability, Bible camp, State Fair, growing old

These letters were not published in the print edition but deserve a look.


I was so glad to read in the Nov. 17 N&O about Gov. Pat McCrory’s caring statement about the people of N.C., “We’re just asking for basic standards of water and food and care and warmth.” No, wait, that was about the puppies!

Vicki Wilson



Regarding the Oct. 13 Point of View “My wife, the former teacher”: The writer touched on many of the problems teachers face as unappreciated professionals who work under conditions few would at wages comparable to fast-food workers, considering the time and effort spent. This does not count the cost of their educations .

My wife has been a teacher in Raleigh for 13 years. She has a master’s degree, is nationally board certified and mentors new teachers and students from local colleges and universities . She has never had a true raise. The minimal raises she got prior to 2007 were diluted with a pay cut for health insurance. The health insurance teachers receive covers only the teacher; she must pay extra to cover family members.

Teachers have never been paid adequately and are treated as an afterthought. Their value to society, the community and the children is never fully appreciated.

Parents and legislative and administrative bureaucrats need to support teachers and pay them for their true value to society. After years of seeing firsthand what my wife lives with daily, not to mention the low compensation, I wouldn’t recommend teaching as a career.

John A. McCann



Why did the Oct. 31 Point of View article “Insensitivity abounds” merit publication? Insensitivity abounds? Strangers piling on? Better headline: “Hypersensitivity abounds.”

While I sympathize with the writer’s situation, she seems to be the one who has the problem with her disability. She appears to be looking for insensitivity and/or apology letters from every glance and encounter she has, saying “every time I park my car in a handicapped spot, I am met with glares.” I agree the mall officer’s actions were inexcusable, but her complaints about her cell-phone store experience were preposterous. What else was the manager to do? She’s obviously not a mind reader.

If the writer has issues waiting, she should have made that known up front rather than explaining her “situation” an hour later. An illegal request? Doesn’t that apply to employment situations? The store worker asked her to identify herself as disabled; she didn’t ask, “Are you disabled?”

As long as she perceives every glance to have an evil intent and references to her disability as illegal, she will be constantly looking for apology letters.

Cinralo Mot

Wake Forest


In response to the Oct. 25 letter “Unfair tactics” about the “makeshift Christian Bible camp” at the State Fair: I was wondering if the writer or any members of her group were injured in the foray through the camp or whether they were fearful of contracting the dreaded Christianity bug. I believe a polite “No, thank you” would have sufficed, and they would not have had to fear either the Christians or the Bible.

Those Christians were only doing what our God has asked us to do: witness to the lost. Because it was at the State Fair, she was upset. For what? We all have our likes and dislikes. Would she ban the food vendors who give her heartburn? Being that close to Christians and the Bible will not make you a Christian, but I hope it makes some people think about salvation and their eternity.

Richard A. Quinn



The Nov. 26 editorial “No choice” continues the biased views of The N&O. When the Democrats blocked George Bush’s appointments in the Senate the Republicans considered the same action. To their credit they took the high road and did not take away the minority viewpoint and negotiated a position that was less than they would have liked. They maintained the integrity of our government institution.

The N&O decried even the thought of taking away the minority’s rights to protest an appointment. The Democrats took the low road, eliminating any rights for the minority to object. In effect, denying those that may not agree with their position the right to negotiate a solution that is acceptable to both sides.

Your editorial seems to revel in the new-found way for the left to force its will on the Republicans and the only thing this has accomplished is created an even larger divide in Congress. When the Republicans get the majority you will be vilifying them because they will not hesitate to use the same tactics. This is another step in the destruction of this country because it limits any voice of the minority. One would expect more from a president that claimed he would unite the country.

George Toth



Regarding the Oct. 1 Life, etc. article “Growing old, accepting help”: Let’s not forget the additional responsibility that adult children of aging parents have in raising children of our own. The “Sandwich Generation” of mostly 45- to 55-year-olds are the peanut butter and jelly squeezed between raising children and assisting aging parents. Getting assistance in a support group and finding resources to ease the tasks associated with care-giving is key to lessen feelings of stress, guilt, anger, impatience, frustration and fatigue.

Seeking support and help from a geriatric care manager, an underutilized profession, is just as important as the vocation of a financial planner, attorney and physician to help navigate the journey into the senior service arena.

Lauren Watral