Letters to the Editor

5/1 Letters: “Unplanned” sparks strong reactions from both sides of the abortion debate.

“Unplanned” film is inaccurate

Based on the memoir of Abby Johnson, a clinic director turned anti-abortion activist, “Unplanned” upholds a long tradition of anti-abortion productions designed to shock and misinform the public. “Unplanned,” and other such films, consistently portray abortion as a medically dangerous procedure, the source of psychological trauma, and the work of insensitive clinic staff. These representations are profoundly inaccurate and inherently dangerous.

Abortion is one of the safest and most common medical procedures in the US. Most abortion providers are dedicated, compassionate people who go above and beyond to offer care in a highly-politicized and overly-regulated environment.

It is the stigmatizing and sensationalized messages perpetuated by movies like this one that create trauma for families facing the very personal challenge of unplanned pregnancy. I encourage readers to question the validity of stories that involve repentant women (usually white and Christian) who have had abortions, now counseling others (often low-income women of color) against a procedure that enables them to have control over their own bodies and lives.

Abortion is healthcare.

Cari Boram


Stop the spending

It is time for the legislature to put a halt to the spending on the school system. In the last two years alone the teachers have gotten 9.9 % in raises. There are others in the state the legislature need to look after. They were elected to serve all the people of NC, not just the teachers. If they keep on, our taxes will surpass New York, and then what will everyone do? We can’t just up and move away because all of the country has gone tax increase crazy. Slow down the giveaway of our state money. Yes, we paid the money in, so it is our tax money they are using.

Jerry D. Narron


School counselors

It is a bit of a rare occasion when I find myself agreeing with Senator Berger, particularly in the case of the number of counselors needed or recommended for an educational system. Someone has finally stated the real reason to distrust the American School Counselor Association recommendation is primarily promulgated so that they will get more members of their association as school districts strive to achieve the goal. They have much too much at stake in this area to be credible.

Fenton McGonnell


Revelatory returns

The reason why Trump will not release his tax returns, despite the litany of previous presidents who did, is quite simple: they will show him to be the liar and cheat that he is. He is a coward because he will not accept responsibility for his actions unless they are 100% positive. Otherwise, why is he declining to release them. It is not enough to say he doesn’t have to or use his lame excuse that he is being audited. He is a true blue narcissist who cannot admit he is not the brightest, biggest, most successful of all.

The United States is no longer the world’s leader of what is right, what is moral and what is ethical. Our problem is exacerbated by the number of politicians who enable Trump and refuse to do their job. In the 2020 election, whether you are a Democrat, Independent or Republican doesn’t matter. If you are an American, he has to go. We need to bring America back to what made our country great before he arrived, not with what Trump perceived has making American great again. Vote for America.

David Pesapane


Lawmakers aren’t teachers

Read to Achieve, the reading program mandated by the General Assembly in 2013 under then-House Speaker Thom Tillis and Senate leader Phil Berger was copied almost word for word from ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council — the cooked up Koch catalog of prefabricated legislative mandates. Why are the Koch brothers writing reading legislation?

Let school districts figure out their own reading programs. K-3 teachers know more about reading than the Koch brothers or legislators. If test scores show problems in particular school systems, then state interventions may be called for. Otherwise, continue to monitor school systems and leave well enough alone.

Republican legislators, with their lack of understanding and compulsive interventions, have thrown a dark disheartening cloud over teachers and students in public schools. Get these politicians out of the classroom.

Chris Walters


Young and vibrant

Nobody questions Trump’s assertion that he is a “young and vibrant person.” We already knew he often exhibits the mind and demeanor of a 6-year-old.

Frank Read