Letters to the editor

May. 02, 2013 @ 08:04 PM

Release the Guantanamo prisoners

There are 166 prisoners at Guantánamo. The authorities now publicly admit more than 100 of them are hunger striking. Lawyers on the ground there say this number is over 130. Dozens of these men are being force-fed, using larger-than-needed tubes, and roughly, to try to get them to stop the hunger strike. But the most horrible fact, not widely enough known, is that 86 men, more than half of all the prisoners, have been cleared for release, many of them years ago. Not only have they done nothing wrong, they have been judged to be of no danger to anyone. Some have been there for over 11 years. Why are they still there, so desperate now that they would rather die of starvation than remain there without hope?

Some say there is no place for them to go, but this is false. Many could return to their home countries, including the many Yemenis whose country is prepared to take them back without threat of imprisonment or torture. The only reason they remain is because we, as people of conscience, have not acted massively to pressure President Obama to release them. Guantánamo must be closed. Prisoners who are under suspicion must be tried, and the majority, who are not, must be released. It's time for our tax dollars to stop funding this medieval prison where men known to be innocent are held indefinitely.

We are better than this. Call President Obama at 202-456-1111 and tell him so.

 

Joan F. Walsh

Durham

 

Thanks for the ACC standings

I'm sure that many ACC Baseball fans join with me in expressing their appreciation to The Herald-Sun for finally including the ACC Conference standings in the daily Sports section of The Herald-Sun.

I personally really appreciate it very much.

 

J. Delos O'Daniel

Chapel Hill

 

Background checks a modern-age necessity

I would like to respond to James Hardy’s letter in your April 29 issue. James objected to the NICS background checks, stating they’re unconstitutional. Acknowledging that the world has significantly changed since the Second Amendment was written, I would ask him which of the following people listed in the NICS should have a gun, especially an assault weapon. One who:

- Has been convicted in any court of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year.

- Is under indictment for a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year.

- Is a fugitive from justice.

- Is an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance.

- Has been adjudicated as a mental defective or committed to a mental institution.

- Is illegally or unlawfully in the United States.

- Has been discharged from the Armed Forces under dishonorable conditions.

- Having been a citizen of the United States, has renounced U.S. citizenship.

- Is subject to a court order that restrains the person from harassing, stalking or threatening an intimate partner or child of such intimate partner.

Yes, people are the problem; giving those listed in the NICS unlimited access to assault weapons only exacerbates the situation as was seen recently in a Colorado movie theater. 

 

James Reed Clark

Durham