In the editorial "Hagan makes her biggest flaw evident" (News-Topic, 2-28) the Charlotte Observer worries that Kay Hagan, a North Carolina Democrat seeking re-election this fall to the U.S. Senate, is "hesitant" in answering foreseeable questions such as when she first learned that not everyone would be allowed to keep their health care plan.
Perhaps Senator Hagan is "cautious, parses every word and frequently avoids taking a definitive stand" and seems "afraid to articulate" her views for a good political reason: She would rather not remind voters of promises she made about Obamacare.
I had to respond to Ms. Dianne Safford, whose name appeared under a letter in the March 2 News-Topic about telling the truth about Ben Griffin’s term as county commissioner. Come on, Ms. Safford, the “whole” truth about Ben Griffin is not a pretty picture and you know it.
I am writing in response to Brent Tomberlin's column on equality and perceived homosexual discrimination. I think Brent is both an excellent writer and historian, but I must take issue with his position linking homosexual rights with racial discrimination.
I don’t have a criminal record and have never been arrested for drugs. I have a lot of respect for our law enforcement men and women, and have always paid my taxes. So where do the Department of Social Services workers have the right to say I’m not a good person based on hearsay, not facts?
America’s spirit is clearly dimming. Barack Obama seems never to have had it.
My son raised my grandson for 161⁄2 years with no help whatsoever from his mom. Now my grandson has been at his mom’s for about six months and my son is paying her child support and back child support.
I’m voting for Ben. How about you?
Thank you, Emergency Services, for calling me on my land and cellphones 11:05 p.m. and 11:11 p.m. Feb. 18 to let me know what, when, where, why and also for calling the next day to tell me to boil water until you call again.
Feb. 10-14 was declared Bus Driver Appreciation Week for North Carolina public schools. This prompted me to think of the bus drivers who positively impacted my children’s lives. One woman, in particular, stood out in my mind as a positive influence for my children; that was Nancy Austin, bus driver for Lower Creek Elementary School.
This was the first Maine-type winter event (save a 6-inch snow storm Christmas Day, 2010. “If snow has to come, let it be on Christmas” -- that’s what people say). This is a no-big-deal winter to Mainers.
A Feb. 4 story (“Granite Falls applies for grant to fill vacant building”) left readers with the impression that the N.C. Rural Economic Development Center had been shuttered and that all of the center’s functions had been transferred to the N.C. Department of Commerce. Neither is true.
Ben didn't get the message. The voters didn't want him back any more. His first four years was enough for Caldwell County to endure.
How much longer will God tolerate the people in the world?
Upon hearing that CVS will no longer sell tobacco products, Wall Street immediately downgraded CVS stock because of anticipated lost earnings. Obviously, selling addictive, cancer-causing products is a good financial decision for big business.
Our government has developed a strategy of playing the waiting game when it comes to dealing with critical issues. This is not a Republican or Democrat issue, the game is practiced by both sides. The theory is that by waiting until the situation gets so out of hand that we must “adapt” to it, the problem is deemed solved. An example of this tactic is the illegal immigrant issue.
With just under 100 days to go until the North Carolina Republican primary, it is about that time for voters to tune in to the process.
Why does Mark Meadows want to violate the Constitution of the United States and abdicate congressional responsibilities to the executive branch?
More troubling than flawed Obamacare is the flawed thinking behind it: liberalism. A mindset holding to the myth that it is intellectually and morally superior.
Thursday night at approximately 11:45 my cars were broken into. The suspect got away with my purse and all of my belongings. I am the third neighbor I know of that this has happened too. I wanted inform y'all of this because this ongoing problem.
This letter is to recognize and give appreciation to BO’s Family Fun Center in Lenoir for the assistance that they gave in helping our Foster Care Program celebrate Christmas at their facility.
People in Gamewell can go to work in Hickory (where the jobs are) via the bypass from N.C. 18 to U.S. 321 at Rooster Bush. People in Lower Creek leave N.C. 18 and exit at Lowe's. We have these lanes in place. Yet, we are spending millions of dollars in materials and man-hours on the "cloverleaf to nowhere."
I wanted to share our family’s experience signing up for health insurance under the new law. There are so many horror stories out there, and it’s important to hear about real life experiences, from real people — not politicians.
The holiday season has arrived. As you contemplate your year-end charitable giving, we want to be sure you’re aware of an opportunity to make a lasting impact in our community.
The Catawba Valley Community Foundation was founded in 1997 and serves Alexander, Caldwell and Catawba counties.
I have been frustrated with "big government" over the years. There are as many examples as there are members of Congress - and with good reason, they create these "unintended consequences" at the intersection of the ideological positions they impose upon efforts to create effective legislation.
You hear so many bad things about government in Washington and Raleigh, but I'm glad to say I've had two experiences recently with local government employees that made me feel good.