In response to “Spin the wheel, win a judgeship!” (Aug. 14 Editorial):
Appointment-retention system for judges right for N.C.
The writer is president of the North Carolina Bar Association:
Thank you for your splendid editorial on the 19-candidate race for a vacancy on the N.C. Court of Appeals. The work of our courts is far too important to have judges selected by lottery.
It is time for North Carolina to seriously consider a judicial appointment system featuring a retention election component that permits voters to retain their right to turn judges and justices out of office.
For more than 40 years, the North Carolina Bar Association has supported the appointment and retention system. Now is the time to move forward with this system and do the right thing for North Carolina.
In response to “Robbery allegations incite new anger” (Aug. 16):
Video of robbery, black looting make a person wonder
So, the “college-bound gentle giant” is videotaped being a common thug, and the community response is to loot his victim. I don’t want to be racist, but what’s a rational person to think?
Black or white, police react to obnoxious residents the same
My grandfather always told me to be respectful and not “sass” or “backtalk,” and give no alarm to the police if one gets stopped. He stated always let them finish speaking first before you say anything and to keep your hands on the steering wheel at all times. The police react to obnoxious whites the same as they do obnoxious African-Americans. My family is European-American or white.
Richard I. Sisson
Militarized police forces are threats to all citizens
The recent news about citizen protests in Ferguson, Mo., should be a wake-up call to every citizen on the left and right. Citizens now face a highly militarized police force, thanks to the the Department of Defense, that uses strong-arm tactics against citizens of this country. Local governments are culpable as well, now declaring reasonable protests of Duke and BofA stockholder meetings “extraordinary events.”
These are the kinds of scenarios that our founding fathers sought to protect us against. When governments treat their citizenry like an enemy, is it any surprise that those same citizens resist efforts by the same governments to disarm people?
In response to Kay McSpadden, “Schools are communities” (Aug. 16 Viewpoint):
Community poverty needs to be addressed to help schools
Not only are schools communities, but communities are also communities. Since so much evidence supports the education challenges of poverty, why not seek to change the landscape of isolated pockets of wealth from pockets of poverty?
In “Myths of Mixed Income Housing,” the Urban Land Institute documented that housing developments that brought wider ranging income levels living and working together led to a lower income education achievement rise without any lowering of higher income education achievement.
When communities care about each other, wonderful improvements happen for everyone.
Tom E. Bowers
In response to “Immigration crisis hurts harvest” (Aug. 18):
No fence will stop illegal immigration; tackle causes
As long as there is work to be had, there’s no “fence” that can keep people from coming here illegally. Natural barriers like the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and the desert southwest cannot do the job, so who makes a “fence” that will?
We must remove the reason they come and the rest is easy. If they cannot work here illegally, they will not come.
As long as U.S. citizens are allowed to hire and exploit those here illegally, it will not stop. Hiring an illegal is one step up from slavery. Many employers hold their status over their heads to compel obedience and/or sexual favors from illegals.
In response to “NASCAR drivers welcome rules change” (Aug. 16):
NASCAR encouraged bad behavior before rule change
Can you believe that NASCAR never had a rule to prohibit drivers from leaving their cars to approach another speeding car? Presumably because they wanted to encourage the macho posturing as seen in professional wrestling.
I hope that all of the televised sports, including hockey, leave the fighting to MMA professionals.