Letters to the editor

May. 20, 2013 @ 07:11 PM

Out of touch enough for reality TV

Are our congressmen and senators auditioning for a TV reality show?

The reason I ask that is every time you turn on your TV, these guys are talking of how the other is not serious about doing the business of the American people.

So, my question is: how can we expect meaningful legislation to get done if they are always pointing fingers or going on two-week breaks?

They all could be stars in the reality show “How to Get Nothing Done Without Really Trying.”

 

Bernie Andrews

Durham

 

Commencement speaker brainwashes graduates

The Herald-Sun's May 18 story on the Josephine Dobbs Clement Early College graduation ceremony reported North Carolina Central University law professor Irving Joyner's address in some detail. 

In it, he pounded the students with references to slavery, segregation, Jim Crow, oppression, maybe a couple of genocides, and (worst of all) the initiatives of the Republican majority in the North Carolina General Assembly. Thus fully brainwashed, but clutching their get-out-of-jail-free passes, the groggy, hapless grads stumbled out of the gymnasium and into American society.

To the extent that this dangerous nonsense continues, I can expect that my grandchildren will be burdened with the same enormous costs of law enforcement, medical insurance, welfare, and so on that my generation has been. 

On the other hand, they won't have much competition from their psychologically crippled black contemporaries when it comes to academic and professional achievement.

Right now might be a really good time for American blacks to say: to hell with all this stuff!    

 

Frank Hurley

Chapel Hill

 

Centralized tracking for domestic offenders may be ahead

Some time ago, I penned a letter addressing the “obvious need” for domestic violence offenders to be subject to constant monitoring, i.e. GPS tracking.

For too long, we have heard the sad stories of women who get restraining orders for men they fear, only to have those same men attack and sometimes kill them at work or home. Although I am not a “tech geek,” it did seem apparent that with all the technology we have at out disposal, there ought to be a way to intervene before these become tragedies. Seems the answer is near.

With a central system devoted to domestic offenders, whenever someone begins to approach someone he is not supposed to be near, a signal would be sent to all law enforcement. That way, those closest to the scene would be able to take action and possibly save lives. It would also add a little solace and much deserved peace to those who are being protected.

The bill dealing with this, named after Allison Gaither, is heading to our Senate, and although this should not be a partisan issue, it might do well if everyone contacted their Senate office and let them know this is something we all need. It is long overdue, and should set the standard for such issues.

 

John Mayo

Creedmoor