Letters to the Editor

What you’re saying: Scott Wood, Donald Ball, Bruce Lightner, David Brook, and Tom Trawick

Civilized societies

Regarding the news story “A Durham man brought a semi-automatic rifle to a rumored KKK rally. Did he break the law?” (Sept. 6)

A defining feature of civilized societies is that citizens do not routinely carry weapons in public. I grant that we do not actually live in a civilized society, but ought we aspire to do so?

Donald Ball

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Armed to whose terror?

Regarding the news story “A Durham man brought a semi-automatic rifle to a rumored KKK rally. Did he break the law?” (Sept. 6)

Seems like unless you really positively gotta be there, instead of going armed, don’t go. Having said that, if open carry is legal, and he was not brandishing it, then the charge of “going armed to the terror of the people” charge is bull. There are those that would defecate themselves at the mere sight of a rifle carried on a street corner. Their frailty is not cause to curtail his rights.

Scott Wood

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UNC’s throwbacks

Regarding the news story “UNC board bans legal action at civil rights center” (Sept. 8)

No surprise here. The UNC Board of Governors continue to display their ugly racist side. This decision along with their efforts to protect Silent Sam demonstrate what throwbacks they really are. Pretty soon UNC will be unrecognizable. No doubt, Bill Friday and Dean Smith are turning over in their graves !

Bruce Lightner

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Go private

Regarding the news story “UNC board bans legal action at civil rights center” (Sept. 8)

The solution is for the center to go private while the law school retains a traditional non-political clinic to help the poor with criminal justice cases, landlord tenant disputes, etc.

The backlash against law schools getting into policy and regulation issues is not new and is not just a N.C. phenomenon.

This reminds me that as a law student I participated in a legal push to curb the greatly disproportionate suspension of black high school students. The charge was not led by my law school’s legal clinic but by the NAACP. Where are the NAACP, the ACLU, SPLC (with its $300 million plus in assets), and all the other advocacy organizations?

Certainly, justice should not depend on a few professors and students at a publicly funded law school. Students should be able to obtain internships with advocacy groups across the political spectrum and receive credit for their legal experience.

David Brook

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Petty politics

Political move that the N.C. General Assembly started working on as soon as they had control, plus it’s a slap at Gene Nichols. He’s shown how petty these folks are time and again. End gerrymandering and these people will be history.

Tom Trawick

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What you’re saying

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