Letters to the Editor

09/28 – Your letters: David Pesapane, Gordon Whitaker, Jim Senter and Bruce Collins

Where was compassion?

Two hurricanes destroyed the U.S. Virgin Islands and devastated the U.S. Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Major earthquakes destroyed a large portion of Mexico. The former involved U. S. citizens and the latter humanitarian aid.

Yet a president who loves to tweet and jump on bandwagons that favor his perceived role as king, days after the fact, still had not offered any tweets on what nature had unleashed and how the government would respond.

I guess if you are considered a minority in the president's mind you do not deserve compassion or assistance.

David Pesapane


Carol Woods LGBT friendly

Thank you for your article calling attention to the difficulties LGBTQ elders may face in finding supportive retirement and health care (Sept. 25).

SAGE and the new co-housing community in Durham are important resources for addressing this need, but there are others. For example, my husband and I have lived as a gay couple for the past eight years at Carol Woods, a continuing care retirement community in Chapel Hill. At Carol Woods, LGBTQ residents and staff are welcomed. We participate openly and actively as ourselves. Carol Woods also extends welcome as a corporate sponsor of the N.C. Gay and Lesbian Film Festival and other LGBTQ events.

Gordon Whitaker

Chapel Hill

Kneel on your own time

What has the world come to when we can’t even watch the NFL on Sunday without being offended? After all those who have died defending our nation from Concord to Bagdad, if you can’t stand in respect of our national flag and anthem, to me you are worse than an SOB! I started Sunday by turning off the pre-game shows after I heard Terry Bradshaw stick his foot in his mouth. I followed by changing the channel during half time.

As I sat there with my Mrs. who gave birth and raised our three military sons I finally realized she was furious with the whole crowd. It was then I turned my TV to Gomer Pyle USMC. I never looked back as I was disgusted. Monday night Jerry Jones flip flopped and kneeled with the entire team which drew a loud boo from the fans. Again I turned my channel to PBS to watch the Vietnam special by Ken Burns.

NFL players who make millions of dollars are the last people on earth who should be complaining about inequality. My cable bill runs $150/mo. during football season including NFL Sunday ticket. The season lasts from August until January. That is six months times $150 equals $900 every year. I’m not paying to see some jerk kneel or sit in some personal protest. If you want to protest then fine do it on your own time.

NFL commissioner and owners, either you put an end to the players protesting on our time while they are at work or we the viewing public will get so disgusted we will stop watching. You are allowing the NFL product and brand to be ruined! Sorry, but President Trump is right again on this subject. Honor our flag/anthem or you can’t work for me. You’re fired!

Bruce Collins

Morganton, Ga.

A founding principle

On Friday, Mr. t-Rump said: “We’re proud of our country. We respect our flag. Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now.’”

Let’s get one thing straight. The people who knelt while the national anthem was sung aren’t the ones disrespecting the flag or the nation.

The people who disrespect the flag are the policemen who think they can kill with impunity, because their targets are black. The people who disrespect the nation are the policemen whose wall of silence protects those in uniform who think the law doesn’t apply to them.

THOSE are the people who are threatening the foundations of this nation, not the athletes who in good conscience cannot stand while a principle on which this country was founded – equal justice under the law – gets trampled in the dirt, with the support of the man in the White House.

Jim Senter



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