Letters to the editor — Sunday (4-12-15)

Published 12:00 am Sunday, April 12, 2015

Please help

me understand

Yesterday, news had a lot of discussion and debate concerning capital punishment. This was due to the trial of Tsarnaev, one of the Boston bombers, ending and awaiting jury decision.

In a nation that accepts abortion so easily, even to the degree of trying to force companies to give the morning after pill to employees (Hobby Lobby is a good example of one of those fights. It didn’t matter that they gave seven other prevention pills) why is capital punishment so difficult for a known murderer?

It seems we make less and less sense. Is this progress?

Please, why do we encourage a mother to kill her baby but struggle with ending the life of someone like Tsarnaev?

— Donna Kesler


Fear human rule

Like C.S. Lewis, Josh McDowell and Lee Strobel, there was a time in my life when I believed the Bible was made up of dusty, old fairy tales.

As the years passed, I began a search to find out why the world seemed headed into lawlessness. Eventually, I turned to the Bible for answers.

Like many others, I found the scriptures were filled with prophecies about One who would come to make all things right. Thousands of years before He was born, the scriptures foretold, in exacting language, the tribe of people He would descend from, the town of His birth, the time of His birth, the 30 pieces of silver that would be paid to betray Him, the piercing of His hands and feet, the casting of lots for His clothing, and even words He would speak during His execution. These are just a few examples.

Because I had an understanding of the laws of probability, I had no choice but to conclude that all of these prophecies were fulfilled in only one man.

During the spring of each year, many around the world celebrate His gift of grace and the proof He was not a mere man.

Jesus of Nazareth was either God in the flesh or He was a liar.

The laws of probability provide the clear choice, whether we like it or not.

Recent discussions within the pages of this newspaper have made it clear that many in our modern world believe they may decide what is right and what is wrong.

We should all fear living in a world where humans make the rules to live by.

The failed civilizations of the long distant past and the battlefield graveyards present in the modern world, speak the truth of man’s attempts to rule himself.

— Joe D. Teeter

Gold Hill

Family thankful

The family of Leslie Adams Storie would like to thank the Warrior Golf Club for hosting a fundraiser in Leslie’s honor on March 17.

Friends and family came out to make this one memorable day. There was not a person there that could not feel the love.

Leslie touched many on her journey and it sure did show.

Thanks to those who sponsored a hole, to those who came to play, to all those who did the cooking and to those who came to say hello. We love you all.

— Jennifer Storie


Try this pipeline

I’ve seen on the news that California is begging for water. The country gets so much produce from California. If the country can have pipelines carrying oil all over the country, why can’t they pump water to California — even out of the Great Lakes? Some of those lakes are several hundred feet deep. Some of that water could be helping California. If they can spend millions pumping oil, why not pump water?

During the winter, when the North has all that snow, put it on rail cars and ship it out to them.

Another thing, why don’t they put water distilleries out there in California? They’ve got the whole Pacific they could pull water from. They’re sure not going to drain the Pacific.

— Leroy Earnhardt


Medicaid growing

Patrick Gannon’s syndicated column appearing in the Salisbury Post on April 9 details the “graying of North Carolina,” and how the House Aging Committee of the N.C. General Assembly is studying its impact on the state. The column notes that last year, the General Assembly reduced the Home & Community Care Block Grant that funds community-based services for older and disabled adults by $1 million in spite of growing numbers of older adults in our state and waiting lists for these services.

At the Rowan County Chamber of  Commerce Legislative Breakfast on Friday, members of our local delegation repeatedly referred to the increased cost of Medicaid each year that prevents them from addressing other budget needs.   

Not mentioned in the commentary is the fact that indigent nursing home care is paid for through Medicaid (to the tune of $25 million in Rowan County alone last year) while community-based services which prevent and delay nursing home admissions were cut $1 million.  We have waiting lists in Rowan for assistance with in-home services and adult day care. The longer these persons are not served, the more likely they will end up in nursing facilities with the much higher cost of care being charged to Medicaid.         

— Rick Eldridge


The writer is executive director of Rufty-Holmes Senior Center.

Abe’s correctness

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War on April 9, 2015, and in light of recent political history, I offer this: President Abraham Lincoln did not strive to be politically correct but to be correct! That is why he is esteemed as a great president.

— Dale Smart


Save our violets

The writer is responding to a column in Friday’s Post, “Blooms, bees and weeds,” by Darrell Blackwelder, Rowan extension director.

I would be remiss if I did not defend the lowly violet as a flower. They have starred in many weddings, funerals, sachets, salads and perfumes, and along with their Confederate cousins grace the pages of many Southern novels. Sad that the mean, ol’ “guvment” man would eradicate them with more 2,4-D.

— Clyde