Letters to the editor - Saturday (10-13-2012)
Biden's debate demeanor trivialized issues
I don't think anyone can say that Vice President Biden didn't do a masterful job. Although fraught with "fiction," he "seemed" to have all the "facts." But in my opinion, that smirking negated any substance he may have had.
While last week Obama looked bored and unprepared, Biden came across as trivializing and disrespectful ... not just to his Republican opponent but to the American public as well. His behavior undermined the importance of the debate ... our security, our health care and our economy. I, for one, wanted to hear what both men had to say, but Biden's smirks and giggling got my attention more than what either of them had to say. All I could think of was how easy it was for him to laugh and grin, showing his movie-star, shining white teeth, and living a life of luxury, exempt from any personal concerns re Obamacare and the economy, while so many Americans have to deal with the "real" world, and the fallout from so many missteps and mistakes made by this administration.
While I'm not sure I agree with CNN's numbers, giving Ryan the win with 48 percent to Biden's 44 percent, I can only pray that the next step won't be presenting Oscars to debate winners of the future.
- Kathryn V. Dews
Learn from conservatives
When someone tries repeatedly to give you something, and you repeatedly ignore or deride that thing and belittle the people who tried to give it to you, to later ask,"Where is it?" - as Donald Tracy has (Oct. 11 letter) - is pointless and silly. There has been more vitriol and bile from the left than anywhere else in the country. Take time to stop running down all things conservative and pay attention. You might learn something.
- David Wilson
McGee for appeals court
I write to endorse Martin McGee for the North Carolina Court of Appeals. I have appeared in front of Judge McGee in criminal, civil and termination of parental rights proceedings. I have encountered a professional, scholarly and impartial man who is receptive to any and all arguments before him and who comports himself with great composure and exhibits great patience as he hears various points of view. As a practitioner, the main quality I admire in a judge is the ability to listen to what I have to say. Judge McGee's many years on the bench make him a model candidate who would bring his real-life experience to the Court of Appeals, where real-life experience is always sorely lacking and needed. We need more judges like Judge McGee in Raleigh!
- John Basinger
Thanks to community
As I write this, I am sitting near my husband Chris' bed in the CCU at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. We've been here three weeks now, and he is still listed in critical condition although he is making miniscule strides toward recovery from heart failure, pneumonia and a collapsed lung.
I wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you to the Salisbury community. Since Chris' health crisis began, you have wrapped us in a collective hug of love and support that is truly humbling. I wish my husband could see how very much you love us! So many of you have stepped forward to help in so many ways, not the least of which is to make sure that our business, The Blue Vine, thrives in our absence.
For the outpouring of love, prayers, gifts and time that you have extended to us at this difficult time, we are most grateful. We are so blessed to be a part of this community who takes care of its own in times of need. Thank you, thank you and thank you! We look forward to being back amongst you in the 'Bury soon.
- Rose Meeks Jones