The Opinion Shop

Letters to the Editor: DHHS, Aldona Wos, Marc Landry, Gov. Pat McCrory, N.J. Gov. Chris Christie, Roy Williams, tea party, Raleigh Charter High School

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


Regarding the Jan. 7 news article “McCrory defends DHHS chief after mailing error”: In the article it states Secretary Aldona Wos was a former ambassador to Estonia. With that experience maybe President Obama could appoint her ambassador to Russia or some place far away from North Carolina. And after the next election she could hire Pat McCrory as an assistant.

Roy Brock

Chapel Hill


Regarding the Jan. 8 column “It’s time to tax illegal drugs”: I am convinced that Marc Landry’s conclusions are correct and that we now have the common sense and political will to achieve control of this drug (marijuana) as we have done with prescription meds and alcohol.

C. Franklin Church



Being a big believer in affirmations (very likely because I so appreciate being on the receiving end of such), I felt it high time to send some your way. I’ve just finished reading the Jan. 19 editorial “Amusing acrobats,” and I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed it. The piece always offers a tidbit or two that’s new to me and consistently paints an admiring picture of the natural world.

Linda Lenzmeier



There’s an interesting convergence of events that share a common element among Gov. Pat McCrory, N.J. Gov. Chris Christie and UNC basketball coach Roy Williams these days. That element essentially boils down to: They clueless or are they lying.

Christie has been the first to admit to being guilty of cluelessness. Time will tell whether he’s being truthful here.

McCrory remains firmly entrenched in full-blown denial as the walls of DHSS have crumbled around him.

Williams still keeps his head buried as deep in the sand as Holden Thorp’s always was.

In the meantime, I’m furiously writing an indie movie script in an unabashed effort to cash in on all this hilarity before the public’s attention span inevitably wanes. My working title is “Reprise of The Three Stooges.”

Jon Gibson



What is the tea party? Like most, I get all kinds of email and comment from friends of all political persuasions regarding the tea party. As one who feels philosophically aligned with it, please allow me to try to explain what, in my view, the “tea party” is really all about.

First, and for the most part, there’s no “formal” organization. We are just tired of seeing politicians of both parties spending money they don’t have with utter disregard for prudence and logic. And our “members” want to change our government in Washington, mostly for the smaller and for the better.

And we are Republicans, Democrats and Independents. We are about shrinking the size and ubiquitousness of government, managing once again the federal debt and forcing one type of health care on all our residents. Mostly, we don’t want to pass our debt to our children and grandchildren.

We are for energy independence, which should certainly include all manner of “green” opportunities but must also provide shorter term solutions like natural gas, nuclear and clean coal. And we are about trying to keep more of our own money. Most of us think we can make our spending decisions better than can the government.

Mostly, we want the United States of America to once again be recognized as an exceptional nation, one which has given the lives of many of its young men and women and much of its treasure to keep the world free. Aren’t these (or most of these) issues positions that anyone can agree with?

Tom Roberg



In the Jan 9 letter “No innovation,” the writer claimed that he had “checked with several sources within the WCPSS, and they could not identify one new idea that has come from charter schools.”

Maybe those “sources” should walk the halls of a school like Raleigh Charter High School and breathe in the passion and excitement of the students and staff, observe the ongoing discussion of ideas, beliefs and cultures in a student body more “diverse” than any in Wake County and talk to teachers whose singular goal is to assure that every student does his or her best, and that best is reflected in the SAT scores and the college placements.

When my child was at RCHS, I often wondered why WCPSS was not staying up late trying to bottle what this school has done and distribute it. Now, I just wonder how long it will take the public schools to realize that “not invented here” and “we’ve never done it that way,” while comforting to bureaucrats, are an inevitable path to extinction.

Luke Steele