Letters to the editor

Mar. 07, 2013 @ 08:48 PM

Don’t trivialize Holocaust with license issue

Why does your recent article, “Religious leaders protest license markings,” gloss over the facts that the recipients of these licenses are not U.S. citizens, and should not be entitled to a N.C. driver’s license? Rabbi Friedmans’ claim that being a Holocaust victim and an illegal immigrant with a special license designation are comparable is absurd and trivializes the Jews in Europe murdered during the Holocaust. Expanding on the religious leaders’ logic, why not remove the word INMATE from a convict road crew shirt because it labels him illegal in an insensitive medium?

 

Ed Weintraub

Chapel Hill  

 

To the victor belong the spoils

Gov. McCrory is following the Republican policy of helping the wealthy and neglecting the middle class.

The governor is considering eliminating the state income tax and replacing it with an increase in, and an expansion of, the state sales tax. A sales tax is regressive.  It takes a larger percentage from low-income people than from high-income people.

Moreover, in less than a month after taking office, the governor gave pay increases: 8 percent to his cabinet secretaries; 5 to 11 percent to some heads of other government agencies; and 1.2 percent to the rank-and-file state employees. The cabinet pay increase is reported to reach three times the average income of a North Carolina family. His justification for the increase: “I'm trying to make it at least where they can afford to live while running multi-billion departments."

With the state unemployment rate of about 9 percent, the Governor indicated that “too many people were hurting.” Yet he gave his appointees pay raises at a level, he claims, “they can afford to live.”

Those who are hurting, along with rank-and-file employees, need income at a level “they can afford to live . . . .”

Had another political party given such raises immediately after taking office, that party would have been criticized as promoting big government.

The governor is following a proverb in public administration, taken from the context of war: “To the victor belong the spoils!” Whoever wins the war gets the plunder.

 

James S. Guseh

Durham