Letters, Dec. 5

Dec. 04, 2012 @ 06:33 PM

Walmart workers need continued support

I am one of the Raging Grannies The Herald-Sun cited in its Walmart Black Friday article, who with more than 100 faith, civil rights, workers and student leaders sang, leafleted and marched as part of a national campaign to protest Walmart's abuse of its workers who make the company's over $16 billion in profits. Their profits are driven by cheap wages and few benefits for the U.S. employees that force workers to apply for government benefits to survive, and who are the fired or threatened if they seek to organize for better working conditions.

Walmart profits are also made on the backs of workers in other countries who suffer sweatshop conditions and cheap wages.

I could not give "thanks" on Thanksgiving Day without "giving" support to the Walmart workers who were forced to work while I enjoyed the comfort of my family. Shopping cheap should not cheapen our conscience. We can give Walmart a conscience, help workers and our economy by signing a petition at changewalmart.org and joining our local Jobs with Justice coalition (JWJ.org).

Miriam Thompson
Chapel Hill

 

Thank you for support

How do you say something new about a subject that you have discussed 14 times before? I am referring to the need to thank everyone who once again entrusted me with the high honor and privilege of being their voice in Washington. The words “thank you” seem inadequate to convey the depth of my gratitude for the trust placed in me on Nov. 6.

This election season was unique in that the Sixth District gained all or parts of eight new counties. The residents of Caswell, Durham, Granville, Orange, Person, Rockingham, Stokes, and Surry counties didn’t know me and I didn’t know them prior to the new district lines being drawn. Along with holdovers, Alamance and Guilford, the new Sixth District honored me by electing me to another two-year term as their representative.

I enjoyed spending the past year travelling throughout the 10 counties of the district – meeting new friends and renewing old acquaintances. I want to thank my opponents in the primary and Tony Foriest in the general election for affording the voters a choice at the ballot box. Democracy is healthier when many participate in the process.

Now that the political season is concluded (it is over for a while, right?), I pledge to do my best to uphold the confidence shown in me. We will strive to bring the same level of outstanding constituent services to the new Sixth as we have in the past.

Howard Coble
Member of Congress