In response to “Suspension, fine possible amid Sterling fallout” (April 29):
When we talk about race, a double standard surfaces
There has been an uproar over Clippers owner Donald Sterling, who simply expressed his opinion in the privacy of his own home.
Yet, there was no uproar when former Hornet Larry Johnson tweeted that it’s time for blacks to start their “own team, own league” with all black players and owners.
A double-standard does exist.
Until all races put on their big-boy pants and accept that opinions will be expressed that some may disagree with – and let them be just that, opinions – then we are all doomed.
In response to “103 years after Scout oath, standards have changed” (April 29 Forum) and related Forum letters:
Our customs may change but morals do not, they run deeper
I strongly disagree with Forum writer Dave Ballenger’s statement that “Morals change over time.” It is true that the folkways and mores of a society do change, but morals do not. They are rooted in something that is permanent.
Gay partnerships often far more ‘moral’ than others
Only a few decades ago many North Carolinians would have been sure that the phrase “morally straight” forbade black-white relationships.
To judge an intimate relationship as “immoral” simply because of the genders involved is hopelessly naïve.
Many gay partnerships are far more “moral” – filled with commitment and honesty – than many straight marriages.
Some Christians still believe that none of that matters – that the only criterion is the way they choose to read the Bible. But they should be aware that a rapidly diminishing number of Americans can make sense of those views.
Rev. Ralph W. Milligan
In response to “Customers, shareholders both should pay for Duke cleanup” (April 29 Forum):
Duke Energy is in it for the profits, not for the consumer
Gimme a break! How much of the money Duke Energy saved by going the “el cheapo” route in coal ash storage do you think was actually passed on to the consumer?
Like all publicly traded corporations, Duke’s business model is to maximize profits any way it can. This does not include passing even a dime along to the consumer.
To thrive Bearden Park needs green grass, not brown
Romare Bearden Park is meant to attract visitors and beautify the city, and has the potential to do so.
However, it stands out negatively uptown because of the choice to plant Bermuda grass.
The park’s brown and dormant appearance six months of the year is a shame. It is a disservice to the natural beauty that epitomizes North Carolina.
I know there are practical advantages to using Bermuda grass, but I believe the park will never achieve it’s full potential unless it is re-sodded with traditional green grass in line with the other landscape in uptown and other parks in the country.
In response to “Incompetence keeps USPS from being competitive with private carriers” (April 28 Forum):
USPS is not the failure that
so many make it out to be
Non-governmental studies have proven repeatedly that the U.S. Postal Service delivers more mail, just as expeditiously or better and with fewer damages, than any other form of shipping. And USPS will do it from Star, N.C. to Kaktovik, Alaska for the price of one stamp.
USPS is one of America’s greatest assets.
Negative political ads only tell half the story; seek the truth
Negative political ads take something that sounds bad out of context and exaggerate it to make it sound worse. There is always more to the story.
Voters who choose candidates based on negative ads are basing their choices on incomplete information and should research the truth before jumping to conclusions.
In response to “A priest’s legacy: Growing parishes” (April 26):
Father Kerin’s legacy will long be cherished by people like me
Monsignor Joseph Kerin was one of the best examples of why Catholic priests are called “Father.” The enrichment from his pastorate will live on in our hearts forever.
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