Letters to the editor — Wednesday (8-27-14)
It was my pleasant surprise to open Monday’s (Aug. 18) Post and find a photograph of J.B. Caldwell Jr. and my dad, Dave Graham Jr. I had never before seen the photograph of them sporting their Boyden High School letters.
Coincidentally, Monday would have been Dad’s ninety-third birthday. The photograph and the article were fitting tributes, as he often and fondly recalled his days playing football and basketball at Boyden, and later of his time with the Rowan County ABC.
Thank you, John and Dan, for sharing this photograph.
— Nancy Graham Corriher
Duke Energy needs to do something about the coal ash.
— Carl Massie
In the late 1960s, while raising our four children, we bought a small house in Rockwell. Our teenage boys became friends with another teenager, who eventually came to live with us and work with our own sons in a service station we operated in East Spencer. The fact that this child was black, and our own children white, never entered the picture. Children are a blessing, period.
Look how far we’ve fallen. When MSNBC showed a family portrait of Mitt Romney, they laughed, joked, and jeered at the adopted black grandchild in the picture. When a black man was killed by a white policeman in Ferguson, Missouri, hundreds of people, mostly black, stormed the city to protest, loot stores and destroy property. CNN broadcast the police officer’s name and home address on national TV, thus encouraging people to take the law into their own hands.
The shooting of a young white man by a black police officer in Utah, during this same time, was never on TV. Why not?
Obama talked about the Trayvon Martin shooting, yet never mentioned that 91 percent of the black people murdered each year are killed by other black people. Black children are being killed by black gang members every day in Chicago. Aren’t these people’s lives worth mentioning too?
Leonard Pitts wrote about inept police. He said if you would walk a mile in someone else’s shoes, you inoculate yourself against your biases. Why doesn’t he go to Ferguson and walk in the officers’ shoes? Policemen leave their homes every day not knowing if they’ll return.
The media has flocked to Ferguson only because racism is not widespread enough anymore. By inciting protests, their only goal, as is Al Sharpton’s and our President’s, is to turn people into racists, to benefit the Democrat Party.
— Doloris Pender