Letters to the Editor

09/30 Letters: Douglas Ryder, Donna Medlin, E.R. Hawthorne, Chuck Mann, and Alan Culton

Medicare for All

In a recent interview on “60 Minutes,” Steve Bannon claimed that Americans don’t want Medicare for All. (Did he ask those of us who already enjoy the benefits of Medicare?) He says we can’t afford it.

To those who claim that Medicare for all Americans is fiscally impossible, I would counter that if America is “great” enough to spend $1 trillion ($1,000,000,000,000) for modernizing and polishing our nuclear arsenal ... if we can purchase a single warship for the Navy for $13 billion ($13,000,000,000), can throw $1.5 trillion ($1,500,000,000,000) toward building and maintaining a fleet of 2,633 F-35 jet fighters, can afford to be mired down in America’s longest- running war in Afghanistan, and can continue to supply and maintain 800 military bases in 150 foreign countries ... then surely we can find the dollars necessary to provide decent and affordable health care for each and every one of our own citizens.

Extending our successful Medicare program to all Americans would be possible if Sens. Burr and Tillis and the rest of Congress took our national health security as seriously as they do our military security.

Douglas Ryder


Respect flag, anthem

NO! I don’t support athletes or anyone else disrespecting the American flag or the national anthem. These athletes are supposed to play a game for our enjoyment. Before they play, they should all stand with their hand across their heart while the national anthem is played. If they feel so oppressed, they need to pack up and move to Africa or Iran or North Korea and see if they like their flags any better.

Donna Medlin


Kurdish independence

As a supporter of democracy, and self-determination, I would like to commend the Kurdish people of Iraq for voting for independence. Unfortunately the United Nations, and the U.S. government, won’t support independence for the Kurdish people. Traditional Kurdistan existed in territory that is now under the control of Iran, Iraq, Turkey, and Syria so the Kurdish people are probably going to have some problems in the near future.

The United States of America was founded on independence from the British Empire. But ‘’our’’ founding fathers didn’t hold a referendum on independence. They took up arms, and the rest is history. A lot of people think that ‘’our’’ government has always supported democracy. If you look in the history books you will see that unfortunately this isn’t true. I wish the Kurdish people the best of luck.

Chuck Mann,


Clever senator

Our Sen. Thom Tillis has introduced a bill to remove special counsel Robert Mueller from executive oversight. It takes a smart man to create a fourth branch of government all by himself. These days you can take a knee, and you can take a statue, and if you are clever you can try to take power away from the people. But Thom, if you stand in accord with those who would impeach, tell us now. We already smell a rat.

Alan Culton

Chapel Hill

Pray for Trump

This letter is in response to the article on Franklin Graham’s remarks on Donald Trump’s U.N. speech. Apparently, Franklin Graham didn’t learn very much from his father, or the study of God’s Word. If so, he would have known more about His Word and the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ.

He stated, “Thank God we have a president who stands for truth.” I have listened to Donald Trump speak since the beginning of his campaign. Frankly, there have been very few times that Trump has told the truth. This is the same man who, when asked by a reporter how he felt about a certain statement that he made. He stated, “I didn’t say that.” The reporter went to the video, with audio, that had been shown numerous times. After viewing it and watching and hearing himself make the statement, Trump stated again, “I didn’t say that.” Wow!!

This is the same man who, when asked, “Have you sought forgiveness at any time?” He responded by saying, “I have never done anything to be forgiven for.” That in itself was a lie and against God’s Word!

“All have sinned and fall short of God’s Word,” Romans 3:23. All of us, in some manner, sin every day. Donald Trump, as do the whole world, needs prayer and Salvation! He does not have either. How do I know? Matthew 7:20 reads, you shall know them (impostors) by their fruit (words and works)!

To God be the glory!

Rev. E.R. Hawthorne