Letters to the editor – Wednesday (12-17-08)

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Charitable hearts also found among ‘others’
In reference to the Dec. 15 letter, “Gift reflects party’s spirit,” Rev. Robert Freeman suggests that only Democrats possess a heart of charity and that others worry only about the wealthy. I am a Christian, I am not wealthy and I am an “other” … a Republican. A lot of my friends are also Christian “others” and Democrats, and we all support many charities and organizations that pay “special attention to the poor and needy, the outcasts and marginalized, and to the hungry and those who are homeless, sick and in prison.” My wife, daughter and I support missions both here and abroad and have spent weeks of vacation time on mission trips. For Reverend Freeman to make assumptions and suggestions about anyone or any group of people is just wrong.
ó Mark McLeod
Proud of West Rowan
Salisbury Post, be ashamed. What the West Rowan High School football team accomplished Saturday in Winston-Salem was hardly mentioned on your front page. Kannapolis’ paper had large black headlines about their team, which finished second, because they were proud of them. Well, I’m proud of West Rowan, and I’m from South Rowan.
ó Johnny Carpenter
Costly sainthood?
Scott Mooneyham’s glowing profile of “saint” Martin Eakes (“Fighting for the little guy,” Dec. 9 Post) fails to give the full story about the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) and its role in the subprime meltdown.
True, Eakes testified before the Senate a few weeks ago. But his testimony was the same old bill of goods: use taxpayer billions to bail-out subprime borrowers who shouldn’t have gotten a mortgage in the first place. Why didn’t he mention CRL’s high-powered lobbyists, who pushed doomed lender Fannie Mae into the subprime business? And no mention of the Center’s founders and their $24 billion subprime deal that sunk Wachovia? The ongoing investigation by the Justice Department and SEC?
CRL’s most recent “accomplishment” is the $300 billion Hope for Homeowners Act, a massive program that has yet to prevent a single foreclosure. Can we really afford more of this kind of sainthood?
ó Tim Miller
Miller is communications director for the Center for Consumer Freedom, a non-profit advocacy group.