Greener BeeGreen HolidaysLETTERS, Jan. 22: Writer appreciates StarNews

A fresh approach

How refreshing it was to read the Rev. Derryck Green’s Jan. 16 op-ed column “Black clergy vs. big government.”

Rev. Green, who is black, feels it is time to stop looking to big government to redress problems in black communities such as moral and family dysfunction, “calamitous” criminality, use of easy abortions as birth control, poor motivation for education, and lack of economic opportunities. These issues can better be addressed by groups within the communities themselves, such as the churches. He’s dissatisfied with the approach taken by the Democratic Party over the decades.

Our first black president insufficiently supported non-government solutions to those problems, which have actually worsened in recent years despite trillions spent on social programs. …

We should give President Trump a chance to address these problems.

Dagmar Lovgren, Wilmington

Likes StarNews

StarNews editors and staff: Thank you for keeping us informed about the direction of the dramatic growth and development in Wilmington. Thank you also for highlighting schools, good news, and both official and community response to crime and the heroin addiction crisis.

Your coverage of local arts and restaurants is always great, and your coverage of national politics and mix of liberal and conservative columnists are much appreciated.

These, and local politics, are issues we rely on our local newspaper for, and you’ve been meeting that need beautifully.

Linda Cross, Wilmington

Civic duty

Reading so many letters over the years I am always struck by the hostile tone so many of our residents take toward members of the opposing political party. I think most would agree that we need our elected leaders in NHC to lead by example, reach out and with their words and actions make it clear to all members of the community, “We hear you.”

So at a time when we remain so bitterly divided, I was extremely disappointed when a parade honoring this country’s most important civil rights leader was not attended by a single Republican elected official in New Hanover County.

Fair or not, the Republican Party has a reputation as not caring about minority voters. That reputation will not be helped when they fail to show up at an event honoring equality and a man who made equal treatment for all a mainstream issue.

This is not a slam or a dig. Calling leaders out for a failure of leadership is a matter of civic duty. …

Nelson G. Beaulieu, Wilmington

Holiday from PC

The excesses of political correctness that you cite in the Jan. 17 guest editorial “Campuses fail on freedom of speech” is rampant in our nation.

Witness the boycott of President Trump’s inauguration by more than 50 Democratic lawmakers. Trump was elected mainly by being the nemesis of PC.

The editorial noted that “Fifteen of the 16 University of North Carolina schools have restrictions on student speech written into their rulebooks, according to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE)…. Only UNC Chapel Hill has a green-light rating after working with FIRE in 2015 to revise its problematic policies.”

As a public, taxpayer-funded institution, universities are legally required to have certain dates as official holidays.

However, UNC Chapel Hill selectively and arbitrarily labels all the holidays by their official name except Good Friday, which is simply named “Holiday” on its academic calendar.

Why such an affront to most North Carolinians? Either label all holidays as Holiday in the academic calendar, as Appalachian State University does, or else give them their proper name, as UNCW does.

Moorad Alexanian, Wilmington

 

 


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