Letters to the editor

Mar. 10, 2013 @ 01:34 PM

A ‘millenial’ speaks up

As a UNC student and member of The Can Kicks Back (TCKB), I feel it is time the “children and grandchildren” the politicians talk about, stand up, speak out and fight for our future.  So, recently I traveled to Washington, D.C., for a constructive dialogue about the nation’s debt problems with Democratic and Republican lawmakers, including members of North Carolina delegation.

TCKB is a diverse group of Democrats and Republicans, students and young professionals, united in the goal to help solve our nation’s budget problems. Traveling to Washington with TCKB, I was able to let Senator Burr’s office know why I was concerned about the debt, and what I thought needed to be done to make sure our generation is granted the same chance as our parents and grandparents to succeed.  And, I had the opportunity to present ideas, like generational accounting — which shows the cost of policies on generations to come — to help solve the debt crisis.

I am grateful Congressman Paul Ryan, Senator Coble, and Congressman Aaron Schock took the time to meet with us. It shows not only their determination to solve our fiscal problems, but that they want to understand our perspective better.  “Millennials,” as our generation is called, are diverse, creative and highly educated.  We want to invest in education, infrastructure and innovation, but the way our nation is going, we won’t get the chance.  It’s time Congress gets our fiscal house in order, because we can’t afford to put our future on the line.

Ashley Gremel

Chapel Hill

Coercive marking a slippery slope

In his letter, “Don’t trivialize Holocaust with license issue,” Ed Weintraub unfairly criticizes Rabbi John Friedman.

While it may be true that it is not an analogy of exact proportionality, Weintraub misses the key point of the religious leaders’ concern.

Any visible, coercive marking of another individual that gives the message: “You are less of a legitimate citizen and human being than I,” has the potential to lead to more prejudice, hostility and abuse.  It is a slippery slope, if history is any indicator.

That goes, as well, for putting “inmate” on the shirts of convicts who work on our highways. If one of the main purposes of incarceration is the rehabilitation of the offender, how does adding public humiliation help in the recovery of the person’s human dignity?

Joe Moran