Letters to the Editor

What you’re saying: Vicki Ryder, Marshall Perry

Principled petition

On July Fourth we celebrated the 241st anniversary of the establishment of our nation, built on the principle of independence from tyranny. In their Declaration of Independence, our founding fathers cited the many reasons they no longer would submit to the will of a tyrant king, listing among them the following:

“We have petitioned for redress in the most humble terms [but] our repeated petitions have been answered only by repeated injury.”

As in 1776, that indignity continues here in North Carolina as many of us continue to petition our elected legislators for relief from their illegal redistricting and voter-suppression efforts, and from their inhumane refusal to consider Medicaid Expansion, to be met only with silence, contempt, arrest and banishment from the Legislative Building.

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the current N.C. legislature derived its power through unconstitutional gerrymandering, and that a new election must be held. Until then, we are being ruled by an illegally constituted body that seems not to understand that “governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed,” as stated in the Declaration of Independence.

To right these wrongs, we must insist upon the immediate redrawing of our election maps and an election “do-over” to be held this year, not next. Perhaps then, we’ll have something to celebrate when July Fourth rolls around again next year.

Vicki Ryder

Durham

Not impressed

Like Erna Bell Gordon (“Missing Columnists,” July 14), I am also not happy with recent changes in the newspaper. I looked forward to Wednesday’s paper and the local writers in the food section, especially Debbie Matthews. I have missed the humorous articles of Vicki Wentz and the outdoor imagery of Jason Hawkins' regular columns. Last, but not least, a couple of years ago the newspaper management cut the comics by half! I didn't like it then, and I don't like these cuts now either.

One more change has occurred to my chagrin: the original “Cryptoquote” has been replaced by the “Celebrity Cypher” – the former was much better and more challenging. By the way, what was wrong with "Dear Abby"? The N&O has “Dear Carolyn,” so why have the same column?

I suppose it was to be expected that things were going in the wrong direction when you dropped "Red and Rover" from the comics! I haven't been impressed with the McClatchy takeover so far – perhaps the goal was to eliminate the competition.

I was a longtime N&O subscriber but have become a longtime HeraldSun subscriber over the years. Please bring our local writers back (maybe “Red and Rover”, too?)!

Marshall Perry

Chapel Hill

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