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Letters to the editor: March 2017
Monday, 06 March 2017 12:15

The world, according to President Trump ....

Top adviser/counselor Kellyanne Conway looking a bit haggard as she defended President Trump’s bare-faced lie about the size of the inauguration crowd. 

Looking like a puppet on a string, she was hired to shill for the Trump administration’s agendas and that includes selling his outright lies to the American public and having us believe the president’s pronouncements as “alternative facts.”

Just how stupid does she (and he) think we are? I’m all for giving President Trump a chance to “make America great again,” but it shouldn’t include accepting lies and “alternative facts” as part of his agenda that is beginning to look more like “The world according to Donald Trump.”

Next, forget The Wall, Mr. President. Use the money ($13 billion) for hiring 5,000 to 7,000 border guards and use the rest to fund education projects in states like North Carolina (seeking quality teachers) that would put our nation back on track to greatness by teaching our youngsters how to become better citizens and future leaders to uphold our democratic way of life. Our very survival/existence depends on a quality education.

 Finally, Mr. President, don’t forget your most important promise to unite us because without our support we’re going to continue to unravel as our rights are under attack from extremists both left and right.

There has to be a middle ground where all sides can offer some sort of even-handed give and take to keep us from becoming a follower instead of the world leader we know we can be. May God bless America!

HERBERT W. STARK
Mooresville

 

N.C. eugenics programs: Was there local complicity?

I watched with interest the PBS documentary on the North Carolina eugenics program featuring (U.S. Sen.) Tom Tillis, for supporting token state compensation; but it got me thinking about investigating the possibility of local government complicity. 

Even if local governments, like Charlotte, Mecklenburg, Asheville or Buncombe, were not complicit, they still profited immensely from the program in the form of gargantuan savings over multiple generations to special and regular education, sewage treatment and sanitary landfill, highway and bus capacity, most of which have nothing to do with intelligence and all of which is owed forever to the survivors and victims’ estates.

There is also far more hope than statewide, that some local constituencies have the fair minded majority needed to support such non-punitive compensation.

If it turns out that local governments were complicit in any way, then they owe apologies and punitive compensation in addition to that described above, though apologies are so cheap they aren’t worth the newsprint on which I write.

I oppose eugenics primarily because the world already has far too many smart people, who threaten to pollute the galaxy; and I strongly support the interests of sterile people, and their estates.

ALAN DITMORE
Leicester

 

Tolerance advocated with those who are ‘different’

What does it mean to “betray” your family or where you come from?

To many, it’s a question of life. Religion, or lack thereof, lifestyle, occupation, sexual orientation, ability, gender. 

All things are fluid in people, dependent on the way life shakes out and, importantly, how they were raised. 

There are people in this country who believe the opposite to what I do — obviously, I am a human, and I have bias — and there are people who believe the same. 

Some of these beliefs keep people in their family’s household. Some cast them out. 

Families in the United States have long-held beliefs that guide them on how to raise their young, that tell them what to tell the next generations. 

It takes a revolution of free-thinkers to break such bonds. To betray someone’s family, or where they come from, could be as cut-and-dry as being gay in an unwelcoming environment, but it could also be the way someone acts, talks, or behaves. 

To betray both a family and a place simply means changing beyond the norms established in the area, among not only the family, but the community.

Family is something that Americans hold in high regard. A 2007 poll taken by USA Today and Gallup says that 36 percent of people polled said that family values were an “extremely important” issue, while 37 percent said it was “very important,” which comes together at a whopping 73 percent, with an error margin of 3 percent. That cannot be ignored, in such a volatile and harsh public climate. 

If so many people think that family is an issue worthy of presidential attention, then why is it even a question of betraying ours? 

Well, the simple answer is that people are born and people live certain ways that other people don’t agree with or don’t enjoy, and sometimes those opposers are family. 

Another thing to point out is the customary split up of America: the north, the south, the midwest, and the west coast. People often say “Southern charm” or “Southern hospitality.”

New Yorkers are portrayed in the media as rich, people who flip off billboards and watch baseball. People think that North Dakotans live on ranches, with a golden retriever on their lap and a cigarette dangling from their lips as they watch the broken-down windmill turn on the horizon. Californians are stereotyped as hipsters, the classy-but-not-so-classy mid-20s skinny woman with a sunhat and a volleyball.

But the reality is that it’s simply not true. The entire world is so diverse. There is a vast number of people who live in places and do not fit into these “boxes”, which drives them away. They leave behind the people who fit into the box, thus perpetuating the stereotype even further, and the cycle will repeat itself until a large cultural impact hits.

Another thing to analyze would be societal standards for America’s youth, melding the next generation into a blend of, in my opinion, sheep. From the constant media pressure to conform to the society’s standards to pressure from families and communities to be a certain way, act a certain way, etcetera.

America really needs to wake up to a simple fact: Your family will be who they are. If your child has different opinions then you, whether it be about music or the Iraq war, the best thing to do is have a respectful discussion without trying to change their views.

If your child is part of the LGBT community, that’s their business and not yours, even if you aren’t supportive of that community. The same goes the other way. 

Parents will be put away by children for their views. But the thing is — it’s going to happen anyways. People are naturally like that. 

My point is this; to betray a family or to betray a place is simply to be different then what is expected of you. And everyone should be able to be who they want, or who they were born as. 

Blood family is just a group of people you happen to be born around and homes are only places. 

Real family is the people that you match with, the people that you find connections with and the people that you love. 

If that’s the same as blood family, which happens a lot, then good on them, but some people do not have those same traits or same ideals and morals. 

As William Shakespeare once wrote, “Though those that are betray’d do feel the treason sharply, yet the traitor stands in the worse case of woe.”

ALTHEA MCMINN
Asheville
 



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