Letters to the editor, Monday (8-26-13)

  • Posted: Monday, August 26, 2013 12:01 a.m.

Getting to license office not easy for all

Soon after moving to North Carolina, about a year ago, I heard about the proposed voter ID laws. Initially I scoffed at the idea that anyone would claim discrimination over needing to get an ID card to vote, then I tried to get my new license.

I don’t know who decided to put the licensing building 10 miles outside of town, but they must have realized that this would be a hassle. I don’t know if there is a bus available to transport people to and from town, but I imagine it would be a daunting task for the elderly or those with small children to ride that far if they couldn’t find a ride elsewhere. What of the people who don’t have computers available to check on what forms are needed, the bus schedule, the licensing hours?

Then there is the problem of hours. Many people work during the hours the licensing building is open. Is losing a day of work — which may mean losing a home or food for the week — worth that trip?

If it was difficult for someone with a car, a computer, and plenty of free time to get a North Carolina ID, how is someone without any of those things supposed to make this journey?

I think that it is perfectly reasonable to ask people to show an ID to vote, I also think it is perfectly reasonable to offer those IDs without the sacrifices currently required to obtain them.

— Sally Bays


Count on Salvation Army, United Way

I write this letter to you, as a fellow resident here in Rowan County. Each day here at The Salvation Army we meet those of our community at their lowest of lows. Each day friends, family, and co-workers know that if they need help with rent, power, food, and clothing they can turn to us.

But if it wasn’t for the support of the United Way of Rowan County, we would only be able to offer about two-thirds of the services that we do each day.

There are stories that I hear on a daily basis from our team, and most of them have the same story line. A person comes in and is seeking help with (rent, utilities, food, and/or clothing) and with it being this time of year our funds are very tight. But if it wasn’t for the United Way there would come a time where we would have to say, sorry we cannot help.

But because of your donations to The Salvation Army and the Rowan County United Way we have never had to turn anyone away so far.

This is my plea to you, to let everyone who reads this know of the importance of the United Way here in Rowan County. All of the funds that you donate to United Way stay here; that’s why we say, “Raised Here. Stays Here.”

So in the months to come, find your way — maybe through your place of business, church, school or a group you meet with. If you can raise funds to support your United Way and the 15 agencies that they fund you can make a lasting impact on this community for years to come.

God bless each of you, and your families.

— Lt. Joshua F. Morse


The writer is with the Salvation Army of Rowan County.

Not typical of home school families

In response to Robin Hager’s letter to the editor, I find it incredibly astounding that anyone would use Erica Parsons’ parents as the example upon which to judge all homeschooling families. Far too many children suffer abuse and neglect, regardless of how they are schooled. The parents’ choice of schooling is usually not an indicator to be reliably used to judge abuse situations.

As for the letter’s comment that, “These children, as adults, will need to have relationships with all types of people, all races and all religions and those that have no belief in a deity,” obviously, the writer of this comment fails to realize that homeschooled children, by not spending the majority of their day with same-age peers, interact with various ages and races of people on a regular basis.

As to the “brainwashing” concern, surely the writer recognizes that bias is everywhere. My job, as a parent, is to teach and train my children how to be productive members of society.

My decision to homeschool is no different than a parent’s decision to enroll their child in either a public or private school. As for religion, I choose to teach and train my children guided by the principles of my religion. However, I also know that my children, as they grow and develop, can choose to abide by or ignore those principles. Very few families set out to develop robots.

Finally, to insinuate that all homeschool families are just like the Parsonses is a gross display of ignorance. What has happened to Erica Parsons is shameful, but there is no reason to vilify homeschooling based on one example.

— Laura Nettles


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