In response to Judge OKs gang crackdown on the Hidden Valley Kings (Aug. 23):
ACLU should back off on crackdown in Hidden Valley
The misinformed American Civil Liberties Union has come to the aid of the Hidden Valley Kings gang, claiming a police crackdown on the gang singles out minorities.
So, in the ACLUs eyes its OK for the gang to continue its sordid crimes because theyre in the minority group so theyre being picked on? What planet are the ACLU leaders from?
The ACLU is sorely in need of reorganization, post haste.
And why was it necessary for a judge to give the OK to go after these thugs?
Powell is right about voter fraud, GOPs intent on issue
A prominent Republican, Colin Powell, argues against the recent voting changes in North Carolina with brilliant simplicity: You can say what you like, but there is no voter fraud. How can it be rampant and undetected?
Fraud is a straw-man argument meant for the exclusive purpose of suppressing votes and voters wishes.
When a party or candidate isnt confident of the merits of their position, they seek to reduce participation in democracy. Its sad for our state and sad for democracy.
Voter ID needed in N.C., Im grateful for those who passed it
Thank you Gov. Pat McCrory and the Republican legislature for returning sanity to the voting process with the new voter ID law. Youve joined 30 states in making sure this great privilege is not fraudulent.
I especially like the portion whereby any citizen can get a photo ID for free at their DMV office and you have until 2016 to do so. There is no reasonable justification for anyone to object to this.
This protester is no freeloader, but a concerned N.C. citizen
My wife and I, along with two friends from Ashe County, attended last Mondays Moral Monday protest.
We are not and never have been freeloaders. We did not see anyone there who could be identified as a freeloader.
We did see 2,000 or more people who like us realize the real harm to real people that the N.C. legislature and the governor have done to the majority of the people of North Carolina.
It is unfortunate that some refuse to see and recognize that harm. It appears they would never bother to let fact or truth get in the way of their own narrow-minded opinions.
Richard A. Helms Sr.
In response to Moral Monday rails against the Mecklenburg trio (Aug. 20) and related articles:
Democrats brought on the very changes theyre protesting
At last Mondays protest Sen. Malcolm Graham was quoted as saying: If the people will lead, the leaders will follow.
I wonder if this was his philosophy during the years and years we endured Democratic control in Raleigh, when cronyism, corruption and scandals reigned?
Their economic model of robbing Peter to pay Paul is the basis for all the good and bad but needed changes were currently going through.
Since President Obama and Washington Democrats continue to blame Bush for everything wrong with our country five years later, McCrory and the Raleigh Republicans certainly have the privilege to blame N.C. governors Jim Hunt, Mike Easley and Bev. Perdue as a starting point eight months later.
In response to What Moral Monday crowd seeks will lead to bankruptcy (Aug. 22 Forum):
Protesters seek to balance the scales, not bankrupt the state
Fact is, North Carolina takes taxes from the people and uses them for the people and the common good.
Is some wasted? Sure, but Id bet its a small percentage.
Meanwhile, as the city and state spend less and less on the common good, more redistribution goes to the wealthy and corporations, and wealth inequality grows.
The takers arent looking for handouts and freebies. Theyre simply trying to reset the balance, so the common good teachers can be restored to something that benefits more than just the top 1 percent.
Obstructionists in Congress are holding this country back
While in California recently, I read the following opening sentence in an article:
Did pigs just fly? Big corporations, labor unions, public policy organizations, Democrats and Republicans all held hands and cheered for the Governors Economic Development Initiative, signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown last week.
It was like a breath of fresh air to read those words.
It is unfortunate that a small minority of hardliners in Washington is unwilling to consider even the most reasonable compromises and accommodations to make possible a national version of this landmark California initiative. These obstructionists are holding our country back.
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