Our commander in chief took it upon himself to negotiate the release of a U.S. soldier held in captivity by the Taliban in exchange for the release of five mid- to upper-echelon members of that organization being held at Guantanamo. In doing so he violated both the law (all such negotiations must be approved by Congress) and a standing edict (never negotiate with terrorists).
On the immigration front, there have been developments.
With regard to the July 15 runoff election for district attorney for Burke, Caldwell and Catawba counties, I have looked closely at both candidates, David Learner and James Gaither, and have decided that these two candidates have markedly different legal histories.
Hitchhikers are not stupid ... nor are mountain climbers or other risk takers. I resent Benjie Watts’ June 4 column because, back in 1971, I, too, was a hitchhiker.
I would like to say a heartfelt “thank you” to Caldwell County Hospice on Kirkwood Street. Our “mother” was there for eight days, and everyone we came in contact with was so pleasant, friendly, helpful and compassionate.
I applaud you on your idea and concern for the safety of drivers who actually obey construction signs. I really do! However I wonder what is supposed to be done when the Lenoir Police Department does the EXACT SAME THING?
We are writing to complain about a recent political flyer we received from candidate for district attorney David Learner.
I have just returned from my weekly recycling trip to the Lenoir Recycling Center, and I must say that I was appalled at what I saw!
Re: "Reflections on a week full of local news" by Terese Almquist.
Terese mentions the high school coach accused of giving alcohol to some students at Hibriten High School.
On the other hand, re: the nude or semi-nude photo of another student: There's no mention of the second -- the home where the photo was shot -- the people who threw the party -- or the people who provided the liquor for the party.
With the road construction on U.S. 321 complained of by another reader there is an obvious need for a police presence.
For almost 18 years Jay Gaither has been a mainstay of the Catawba, Burke and Caldwell County Republican parties. He has consistently attended 25th District Republican events, worked the polls for good Republican candidates and contributed his time and resources selflessly. As the only partisan elected Republican official in the 25th District, he is the Republican standard-bearer of this three county district.
We have just returned from Lake Barkley, Kentucky, where around 300 people meet annually over Armed Forces Weekend. It is a time where aging men, including my husband, reminisce about funny stories as well as battles fought long ago. Most of all, it is a time of healing long-held emotional wounds.
Our congressman, Mark Meadows, wrote to tell me that “the FDA hurts Brewers, Farmers and Consumers ... our 40th president was terrified to hear 'I’m from the government and I’m here to help.' The federal government has an uncanny ability to make things unnecessarily worse … a misguided Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rule ... threatens an age-old, mutually beneficial relationship … FDA’s ill-advised big-government policy threatens … Hidden in the … Food Safety and Modernization Act, … signed into law by President Obama … Government has no business inserting itself into this age-old relationship … this misguided policy … The prices of beer and dairy products (will rise) … a clear-cut case of government over-regulation …creating dire consequences …the FDA from interfering … let’s not regulate just for regulation’s sake."
This is an open letter of gratitude to our community!
The Pancake Breakfast at Fatz last Saturday was a great success, thanks to the help of many people.
There’s a serious school choice debate underway in our great state that will determine the educational future of children like mine who live in communities across North Carolina. Thanks to innovative public school leaders and policymakers who believe the status quo isn’t good enough for our children, new options in public education have emerged: public virtual schools.
We only have a little over six months to get ready for the mid-term election in November 2014.
My purpose in writing this letter is "to try to do what i can.”
I am writing in response to your editorial printed in the April 20, 2014, edition and to Mr. Kim Gilliland’s article from April 20, 2014.
As the executive director of the Shelter Home of Caldwell County, I would like to thank the Caldwell County and Burke County attorneys for their generosity and support.
Liberalism killed millions of people in Africa, inflicted suffering on millions more — then turned its back.
When we get angry it's very easy to say things we don't mean, especially those three words "I hate you!"
I would like to give a standing ovation for everyone responsible for Kaleidoscope 2014, the 22nd year of the Education Foundation’s premiere student talent showcase.
I recently submitted a letter-to-the-editor giving my reasons not to vote for someone. But since then, I’ve had friends suggest that I ought to make suggestions why they should vote for someone.
While driving on the roads here in the county, I am saddened to see all the trash on the road banks.
When political ideology conflicts with Christian values, which should prevail?