Letters to the editor - Saturday (9-21-2013)
Embracing a community in midst of deep grief
I am a senior citizen volunteer for the Livingstone College football team. I have worked with the team for about five years doing small building and maintenance projects. This work has been a great joy to me primarily due to the appreciation and respect shown to me by the players, coaches, maintenance, management and security personnel. I have never been afraid to enter the campus in the day or night.
As I drive down Horah Street, I am blessed to see a “front porch community.”
People visit with laughter, joy and love between porches, sidewalk and temporarily parked cars. These are family people and youth. These people demonstrate real “community.”
The problems of violence, drugs and disrespect which occur in their midst surely is more distressing to them than anyone else. I know that many of them are deeply saddened and feel helpless. Can we somehow embrace them in their current grief?
I am a white man.
— David Willingham
Why the vitriol?
I am puzzled by the escalation of vitriol and vehemence in the attempts to stop Obamacare with the “scorched earth” threats to shut the government down. I acknowledge that many aspects of Obamacare are “inelegant” and poorly constructed, and have uncertain long-term consequences. However, why is the notion that ALL Americans should have access to health care so gut-wrenching and repugnant to opponents? Some of them argue it is a fiscal Armageddon, which the nation cannot afford. Billions in bailouts with millions in bonuses to reward the executives who created the need for bailouts are apparently wise fiscal policy, while caring for the poor, underemployed and unemployed is not.
Those who fear that the fiscal sky is falling apparently feel the shutting down of government services, the default on government debts and resulting chaos is much better than the thought of an unemployed steelworker or struggling single parent receiving health care. Or is that, perhaps, the issue? Money being spent on “those people” would put a crimp in the wealth accumulation of the favored members of the fiscal oligarchy. Fortunately, some very smart mega-wealthy people like Warren Buffet and Bill Gates are exemplars of generosity of the spirit.
There is the old story that a camel is a horse designed by committee. That can be applied to Obamacare. As written, it’s not very pretty, fast or likeable, but it will get us to point that where people are not stranded in a desert of no health care. As a people, Americans now have the chance to share a little with those who are thirsty. Why are we arguing about the shape and color of the canteen?
— Richard D. Sorensen
Kudos to Juliet Connery (Sept. 19 letter) for putting forth reality and truth in her response to the negatives against the Affordable Care Act from Steve Pender.
His disdain for our president is obvious as witnessed by his regular vitriolic letters.
I appreciate Juliet’s defense of truth, reason and respect.
— David P. Nelson
Speaks had right qualities
I see that Salisbury businessman Tom Speaks has dropped out of the race for City Council; even before, one might add, the campaign season. I find this development lamentable. Mr. Speaks has loads of common sense and rock solid integrity. Whether or not the City Council has such qualities in abundance or in short supply, I leave others to decide. I only regret that Tom Speaks won’t be among the council’s number.
— Steve McKinzie
Freedom & religion
Last Monday several thousand citizens attended a rally to support our county commissioners and their decision to pray in Jesus’ name. One individual stepped to the podium to express her displeasure. Her name is Whitney Johnson Peckman and she said she was an American Muslim.
Dear Ms. Peckman: I spent five years in a moderate Muslim country. I found them to be respectful and wonderful people. However, they take their religious dictates much more seriously than many American Christians. Let me point out some a few issues you may not be unaware of. These issues stem from the Qur’an and the Hadith. First, you would not have been allowed to venture from your home without a male escort. Normally this escort would be a direct family member. Leaving without an escort could possibly have led to your death.
Second, you would not have allowed you to walk through town without your head covering. In many areas you would have been forced to cover yourself from head to toe. Such immodesty could possibly have lead to your death.
Third, you would not have been allowed to express yourself to a male is a position of authority. You would have been viewed as arrogant and out of line. Your punishment could possibly have been your death.
Fourth, just the idea of approaching a governmental agency and expressing your displeasure of their practice of prayer would have been seen as an abomination. You would surely have been imprisoned and executed for blasphemy.
Ms. Peckman, in closing I would suggest you venture to the home of your religion and experience the freedoms they allow their females. Then, come back and experience the freedoms established by the Founders of this great nation.
— Rick Johnson