Letters to the Editor

First, Silent Sam. Then a UNC name change?

Will Tar Heel name be the next target?

Jack Watson
Jack Watson

If Silent Sam goes, can the nickname Tar Heels be far behind?

After all, Sam is only a stone statue honoring the UNC students who defended their homeland against an armed invasion by a hostile power.

But Tar Heels are ubiquitously mentioned in the college sports world and symbolic of the dogged, unflinching courage displayed by North Carolinians during the Civil War.

What better censorship could there be than a name change?

Jack Watson, Mooresville

Proper place for Silent Sam: a museum

As a UNC Chapel Hill alumnus, I can say unequivocally that it is time to remove Silent Sam and other monuments to the Confederacy.

While I understand that UNC students fought for the Confederacy, Silent Sam stands for everything that is antithetical to what the university represents and has no place on university property.

Contrary to popular belief, removing a statue does not constitute erasing history as there are countless educational materials that document this shameful period in American history.

The proper place for Silent Sam and other Confederate monuments is a museum where they can be studied within their proper historical context.

Nathan Stowe, Charlotte

Tell extremists find your own symbols

In response to “Republicans aren’t all extremists” (Aug. 24 Forum):

Ben Sharpton 2017
Ben Sharpton

Non-extremist Republicans who take pride in their Confederate ancestry and are angry about the removal of Civil War monuments shouldn’t get mad at people who feel threatened by those monuments.

Instead, they should get mad at those who make the monuments more threatening – the white supremacists, KKK and Alt-Right. Those groups use the structures to represent their bigoted views and to divide the country.

Tell those violent extremists they can say whatever they want, but to find their own symbols. After all, they stole them from you. Tell them they can’t have them.

Ben Sharpton, Waxhaw

Real issue is racism, it’s lost amid uproar

The Confederate flag should have been removed from the S.C. capitol because it stood as a very visible symbol of what has always divided this country. However, Black Lives Matter should not have removed it. It should have been taken down long before by the gutless politicians in the state.

Consequently, Black Lives Matter became the poster child and reason for the controversy and insanity now occurring across this country.

I don’t care about a Robert E. Lee statue in Richmond or renaming Stonewall Street in Charlotte.

What I care about is the sense of lawlessness facing many of our communities because, thanks to a 24-hour news cycle, our politicians have conveniently changed the conversation so that we don’t have to deal with the real issues behind the division.

Madine Fails, Charlotte

Invasive TSA search beats a terror strike

In response to “Do airport pat-down revisions go too far?” (Aug. 24):

Jeff Cincoski
Jeff Cincoski

Some people might think it’s deplorable that U.S. citizens are subjected to terrorist-like searches just to fly, but let’s be real.

Is it more important for TSA not to be thorough while checking you, or more important for TSA to make sure you have a safe flight by finding things that could cause you or others bodily harm?

Too many people are concerned about the well-being of themselves and give no thought to the well-being of others.

I’ll take an “invasive” TSA search any day over an IED on an airplane.

Jeff Cincoski, Phoenix

Upside to taxpayer funded training

In response to “Taxpayers paid to train workers before plant closed” (Aug. 25):

Training workers who are subsequently laid off might allow some to find employment using their new skills. This could keep them off the unemployment and welfare rolls, thus saving the taxpayers more than it cost to educate them.

Dave Smith, Fort Mill, S.C.

Don’t want to fund those who won’t work

In response to “The Left actually just wants to help” (Aug. 24 Forum):

Yes, conservatives such as myself object to redistribution of wealth, but it has absolutely nothing to do with helping those less fortunate – something I strongly support.

It has to do with allowing people who have no desire to work to get more money than some people who are working – which is exactly the system we now have in place.

Tom Spencer, Waxhaw