Letters to the Editor

4/29 Letters: Support NC’s teachers on May 1

Value teachers

My son is a teacher. This Wednesday he and thousands of other NC teachers, will be marching in protest. They have been told they should teach “for the love of the job.” I can assure you they do. They have been told that if they really cared about the children they would not protest. I can promise you they protest precisely because they care. My son lives in a one bedroom apartment. He works a second part-time job during the school year and works during the summer. He doesn’t have dependents, and he can barely make ends meet. Teachers are expected to be therapists, social workers and nurses.

How do we expect to attract and retain great teachers when they are treated as if their career is not valued? Where do our priorities as a society lie? To say that our future depends on how we educate our children is not a dramatization. We must support our teachers, now. Show your support with your vote, write letters to your representatives, stand beside teachers as they march and be kind to the ones that are trying to do their best at this very tough job.

My son is a teacher, and I couldn’t be more proud, especially today.

Cheryl Irwin


Extreme hatred

Edwin Yoder’s column on impeachment was replete with hatred of President Trump, which is so extreme that he would distort the plain meaning of the words of the Constitution in order to achieve retribution. He opines that the words “high crimes and misdemeanors” actually mean anything the opposing party doesn’t like that the president has done. I really don’t believe this is what the framers had in mind. As long as the stricter standard remains proper for removal of a president under the Constitution, our country is safe from the chaos of Yoder’s standard. Obama’s presidency was rife with what were called overreaches of executive power. No impeachment talk was heard, because hatred was not so rampant and reason prevailed. Not so now.

Yoder detests the president so much that he completely disparages Mueller’s two year, $30 million investigation because it did not find collusion or indictable obstruction. I guess his meaningless characterizations of Trump’s “gross presidential misbehavior” will simply fade away like Hillary Clinton’s many misdeeds. .

Paul Duffy

Rocky Mount

Peterson coverage

I am fed up reading about Michael Peterson (“Michael Peterson has a story to tell, and a question to answer: ‘Who am I?’” April 25). Your readers and know Peterson all too well. Let’s forget the monster! He and his Maker know exactly how Peterson’s wife ended up at the bottom of their staircase in 2001. The judicial system has dealt fair and square with Peterson, and the N&O shouldn’t be carrying his identity crisis. Let Peterson prepare his case for the next judge: His Maker.

Joe Kosarski


Red wolves

The April 22 article, “Litter of endangered red wolves born on Earth Day, says NC museum that will raise them,” is a heartening reflection of the effort and resources that zoos and other facilities have devoted to saving the red wolf. The article fails, however, to highlight the most pressing challenge facing those newborn pups: the illegal management of North Carolina’s wild red wolf population.

Captive red wolf pups have historically been reintroduced into the wild with great success. By 2005, over 150 wild animals roamed the swamps and pine forests of the Albemarle Peninsula. Over the past five years, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, at the behest of the NC Wildlife Resources Commission, has torpedoed the program. Today, fewer than 30 wild animals remain, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed shrinking the red wolf recovery area by about 90% and allowing landowners to kill any wolf that wanders onto their property. While all newborn red wolves are cause for celebration, we should bear in mind that they are part of a larger cause that is now under fire from the very agencies tasked with saving the species. If future wolf pups are to return to their rightful place in the wild, we must demand better from the director of the NC Wildlife Resources Commission, Gordon Myers, and Fish and Wildlife Regional Director, Leo Miranda.

Christian Hunt


Health education

The letter from Alice Rampage (this letter isn’t online) made me think about the important subjects we learn in high school and use all of our lives. Certainly, we need financial literacy, but what about health education?

The measles vaccine problem could be addressed in that class, along with suicide, addiction, gun safety, CPR and, of course, sex education. And we cannot forget driver education, a subject we will use well into our golden years when our children take away our car keys.

Celia S Kiffor