Letters to the Editor

07/20 – What you’re saying: Vicki Ryder, Alan Culton

Our indignity in North Carolina

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


Waiting for the king

Waiting for Sen. John McCain to get his health care before we can get ours is like waiting for the king to sit before we can sit. Why not just provide hospice care for our senators on the Senate floor?

Alan Culton

Chapel Hill


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