Work for immigration reform
Regarding “Pastor facing deportation seeks sanctuary: ‘I did my time.’” (THS, July 5):
Congratulations to the School of Conversion in Durham and St. Barnabas Episcopal and Congregational United Church of Christ churches in Greensboro for reaching out to immigrants who are in need of support and sanctuary.
People of faith and conscience are called to offer shelter to refugees and immigrants and to protect them from deportation. They are called to stand in a long line of people of faith who live out their lives in powerful and prophetic ways even at personal risk to themselves and their families. By their words and actions, they must tell the government to stop taking mothers and fathers away from their children. These are good hardworking people who are no threat to this country. Let everyone work for immigration reform. Let everyone reach out and treat these good people as brothers and sisters.
Gail S. Phares
Stop seismic testing
I am grateful for “You can weigh in on plans for ‘seismic blasting’ using air guns off NC coast” (THS, July 12) and how it asked people to speak up for public comments. My friends, family and I have responded to the call, emailing the National Marine Fisheries Service before the July 21 deadline.
This issue will surely continue to be debated fervently in North Carolina if it moves forward. Blasting the ocean floors several times a minute at levels around 250 decibels for months would create an uninhabitable environment for sea creatures including turtles, dolphins, whales and lesser-known species that are vital to the ocean ecosystem. Also, the oceans are already awash with natural gas from hydraulic fracturing, and everyone needs to wean off all fossil fuels as soon as possible to avoid more severe overheating of the Earth and especially the potent methane leaks from fracking.
Can anyone explain to me how a millionaire politician who has free lifetime meidcal insurance as a perk of office should be trusted to enact and promote health insurance legislation the rest of us citizens? I am concerned about the power of Senator Mitch McConnell but know they are other millionares in Congress too.