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Letters to the editor — Thursday (10-29-2015)

Hillary Clinton isn’t fit for office of president

Hillary Clinton has an extremely long nose. As she lifts her head and looks along that length, she rarely reaches the end. She cannot address direct questioning of her authority or lack of it — unless it is from a Democratic source! This woman has no sense of honor for herself. She lets herself be intimidated by the truth.

For anyone who casts a vote for Ms. Clinton, do it with the knowledge that our children and grandchildren will also be shown no honor. As they go to war (yes, they will be sent), they will do so at their own peril. Ms. Clinton’s child and grandchildren will not go to war.

Also understand her 11 hours of questioning was conducted (1) in daylight (2) safe conditions and (3) secure conditions, with armed security.

Take time to vote for a candidate who is fit for office. One who honors us, the legal citizens, as well as him/her self.

— Irene Dalton

Salisbury

Brain still best ‘computer’

To Ms. CHM, who wrote a critical response to my last letter:

Reread my letter. You will see that I said there is a place for current technology. However, the original computer with which we were each born is the best of all “technology.” Having mental skills gives us the ability to know how to solve problems, know when a hoax is being presented to us, know how to read and write cursive which is still needed for legal documents and such, the true history of this country and more. If all you rely on is clicking keys on a keyboard in a certain sequence and the power goes out, how will you manage? It removes the ability to think for oneself. That puts you at the mercy of anyone who can then put anything over on us.

To answer your question about the jobs I’ve had: I worked as a ward clerk in a hospital. That title is no longer used. It required brainpower and no computer whatsoever. I did clerical work using a typewriter that does not give any answers to any problems — the typist does that.  I was also an employment specialist and interpreter for the deaf that required specialized mental skills and no technology whatsoever. I did hold two positions where computers were used but not in place of mental skills.

To know that our public education has been dumbed down, look to what it was in previous generations. In 1912 my grandmother passed her high school test that included this question: “How have the provisions of the Constitution regarding the election of the president been modified in practice by the development of the party system?”  Can you or your high school students answer that without using a computer?

— June Clancy

Salisbury

 Subway’s healthy step

On Oct. 20 Subway announced a commitment to serve, by the end of 2016, chicken raised without antibiotics, and to do the same for turkey two to three years after that, followed by beef and pork.

The “eat fresh” brand just took a big step toward protecting our life-saving antibiotics. The more that antibiotics are overused — the drugs are routinely given to livestock and poultry at many large industrial farms, whether or not animals are sick — the more opportunities for bacteria to develop resistance.

Since April, a broad array of public interest groups has called on Subway to make this type of commitment. More important to Subway, I imagine, is that thousands of Subway customers weighed in, too.

Subway’s announcement came just two days before our group and others were set to deliver more than 270,000 signatures to headquarters.

Instead, we’re happy to say “thank you” to Subway. With more restaurants than any other chain in the U.S., Subway’s commitment is a positive step in stopping the overuse of antibiotics.

— Dan DeRosa

Raleigh

DeRosa is an advocate for NCPIRG.

 

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