Letters to the editor — Thursday (8-28-14)
It was further revealed on Monday that Pastor Bill Godair of Cornerstone Church gave a false statement during a press conference last week regarding his incident with the Salisbury Police. Mr. Godair stated he felt threatened and that the officer had an abusive tone while in conversation. He also claimed the reason for him speeding was because he was headed to the hospital. The unedited dash cam video was released. What this video proves is that Mr. Godair did not tell the truth. A pastor lying during a press conference is shameful.
The dash cam video showed a normal “stop” for the Salisbury Police officer. You can hear Mr. Godair tell the officer he was late to pick up his clothes from a cleaner for church the next day. The officer didn’t raise his voice or seem confrontational at any point.
Other overall point of this is, Mr. Godair, why are you making false claims about the Salisbury Police Department? They don’t have time to deal with your lies and all the real work they do. It’s time for you to resign.
— Jackson Clarke
August 26 marked Women’s Equality Day — a celebration of the anniversary of the date in 1920 when, after a hard-fought struggle, women officially gained the right to vote with the passing of the 19th amendment. It also serves as a reminder on how important it is for women to get out to vote, to show solidarity, especially with the many issues that are of great concern to women.
The passing of the 19th amendment was the first step in making others aware of the equality issues that women face. Let us use our right to vote as we continue to deal with issues such as childcare, health care, equal opportunities in education and employment, equal pay for women, and pushing against suppression and violence towards women. These are non-partisan issues.
We must stay the course and continue the work that the suffragettes began, and honor the faith that Bella Abzug had in her fellow women voters when she first introduced this resolution designating August 26 of each year as Women’s Equality Day. Women of North Carolina comprise 54 percent of the registered voters in our state, but due to work and family commitments, they don’t always vote. We must not take the right to vote for granted or fail to exercise that right. We owe it to ourselves and our daughters to be vigilant in protecting our futures.
— Leona La Perriere
La Perriere is president of Business and Professional Women of the Triad