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Letters to the editor – Thursday (4-20-17)

Ford deletes when he should respond

N.C. State Rep. Carl Ford doesn’t care for me on Facebook. In a recent post he shared a meme of an angry looking white woman captioned “I’m a tolerant liberal! Agree with me or else you’re a racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, redneck, gun toting, America loving bigot!”

This blatant straw-man portrayal of liberals apparently drew criticism from many, and Ford felt the need to begin deleting and blocking comments he described as foul-mouthed or threatening.

I didn’t think my comment was either, so you be the judge. He has since deleted my comment:

“Carl, I’m a liberal. I can’t say that you’re homophobic; I don’t know that you are. But if I’m not mistaken, when you took office, you swore an oath before God to fulfill your duties under the Constitution of the state in a manner that would not contradict the Constitution of the United States, to the best of your knowledge and capability. You have since cosponsored bills such as HB780, which if passed would be a blatant violation of the Constitution: No state has the power to override a Supreme Court ruling. So I must ask, are you ignorant of the Constitution, incapable of adhering to it, or have you violated your oath of office?”

This was not a threat. I’ve used no vulgarity. And if Representative Ford would try responding instead of deleting and blocking, I would be grateful.

— Scott Neidich

Durham

Accommodate dogs

I certainly agree with M.T. Sidoll that more affordable housing units would help downtown residency.

One other factor that would be a major improvement would be the inclusion of an attractively fenced, appropriately landscaped, well-equipped dog park area in the new downtown park. Many who like the idea of downtown living can’t bear the idea of not being able to handle their dog(s)’ daily needs by walking them.

— Kathy Walters

Salisbury

Warren for IDs

Excuse me. Call me whatever, but I read where State Rep. Harry Warren wants to pass a bill allowing undocumented immigrants (illegal aliens) to have a state ID card (limited). Are these individuals not here illegally, and is this not against the law? What’s next? And, no, I am not anti-immigration. I just believe that people entering our country should do it legally.

— John Mitchell

Salisbury

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