Letters to the Editor

09/18 – What you’re saying: Fay Mitchell, Michael Kuhn, and Lorie L. Clark

Church organ drive

Deacon’s Day Sunday, Sept. 24, at Covenant Presbyterian Church, will find the deacon’s board upholding its charge to take care of the community. There will be information and education on blood, bone marrow and organ donation with speakers on each subject at 11:30 a.m., following the 10 a.m. service. The public is invited. Organ and bone marrow donation is a critical need in the African-American community.

The program will include presentations from bone marrow and organ recipients and a call to action. A bone marrow and organ registry event will be at Covenant Presbyterian Saturday, Sept. 30, 2-5 p.m. at the Covenant Jazz Concert. The community is invited to join the registry and help save a life. The jazz concert will feature the NCCU Jazz Ensemble; admission is free.

More than half of those waiting for organ transplants are African American, while about 14 percent of donors are African American. Higher rates of diabetes and high blood pressure also put more African Americans at risk of eventually needing organ donations. Patients will most closely match donors who share their racial or ethnic background. Sickle cell anemia patients also benefit from bone marrow transplants.

Paperwork and a cheek swab are all it takes to join the bone marrow registry. Here’s your chance to register and make a difference to families and communities.

Covenant Presbyterian Church is located at 2620 Weaver St., Durham, telephone (919) 682-1484.

Fay Mitchell

Durham

An overbearing force

Today, the federal government is an overbearing force working against the American people, American businesses and the states.

Article V, of the Constitution, will allow citizens to rein in the current out-of-control federal government. It is the only way to re-balance the power between the states and Washington, D.C.

The overbearing force of the federal bureaucracy, aka the Swamp, wields undue influence over the citizens and the states by controlling state budgets. North Carolina is ranked 28th in dependency by the federal government.

Executive orders, unelected bureaucrats and federal agencies making “laws” demonstrates the lack of constitutional order at the federal level. Washington is broken and will never fix itself.

The American people are frustrated with the lack of adherence to the rule of law and Constitution, but what recourse do ‘we the people’ have?

Article V empowers citizens and the states to address challenges at the federal level. Article V preserves the governing role of state legislatures as a crucial mechanism for restraining the federal government. Let’s make federalism great again!

Using this constitutional safety valve, Article V consists of two ways to amend the Constitution. The first utilizes the federal legislature, but the second process authorizes the states to step in and call a convention to propose amendments, also known as a Convention of States.

In either case, it takes two-thirds of the states, or 34, to get together at a convention. Contrary to what opposition groups say, a convention to propose amendments is NOT a “Constitutional Convention.” Three quarters (38) of the states are then required to ratify the amendment to the Constitution.

America’s Founders adamantly believed that the sovereignty of the nation should reside closest to the People – in the states. In order to recalibrate the balance of power between the states and the federal government, the time is now to use Article V. These men knew that at some point the federal government would become too big, too corrupt and too oppressive against the states. The final and silent fourth check-and-balance of the American Republic lies with the citizens.

Now is the time to make the federal government accountable and return the rightful power of self-governance back to citizens in the states. You can learn more at www.ConventionofStates.com.

Michael Kuhn

Hillsborough

Foushee a leader

My neighbor Barbara Foushee is a candidate for the Carrboro Board of Alderman. She is a caring individual who will address the needs and concerns of all Carrboro citizens. Barbara has served on several boards and committees in both Chapel Hill and Carrboro. She is a member of First Baptist Church, Chapel Hill where she serves on the CAP (Community Awareness and Political Action) Ministry. She has volunteered as a mentor for Blue Ribbon Mentor-Advocate where she provided encouragement, support and her time to empowering the life of a local youth.

Barbara cares about people and will work hard to make sure their voice is heard. She will advocate for the powerless and disenfranchised, but not at the expense of others. Barbara will always be fair. She uses sound judgment, is practical, trustworthy, honest and above all, has compassion. We need representation that will serve a growing community with integrity, compassion and honor. I believe Barbara Foushee is the candidate to represent the citizens of Carrboro.

Lorie L. Clark

Carrboro

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