Opinion: Letters to the Editor

Jun. 29, 2014 @ 06:20 AM

Letter: Jay Gaither for district attorney

David Learner was identified recently by Caldwell County residents as having participated in and promoted a business that was shut down last year by the North Carolina Department of Justice and the federal government as an illegal pyramid scheme. Learner has since confirmed his involvement in Fortune Hi-Tech Marketing.


Jun. 29, 2014 @ 06:19 AM

Letter: Court costs for speeding are excessive

I recently passed through your county, and in paying more attention to the curvy hilly road than to my odometer I was caught going 65 miles per hour in a 50 mph zone. While I have no complaint against being ticketed and fined, I would like to express my absolute disbelief over the fees I was charged.


Jun. 29, 2014 @ 06:18 AM

Letter: Newspapers haven't changed

In your column "News has to go digital or go home," I think you need to change that to "Newspapers have to become more relevant or expect a well-deserved death."


Jun. 22, 2014 @ 10:46 AM

Letter: A solution for foster children

Why can't we take a school (WLM) and remodel it for them, make it into a Christian school, with cameras in each room -- kitchen, bathrooms, bedrooms -- instead of struggling to find individual foster homes?


Jun. 22, 2014 @ 10:45 AM

Letter: Tenure doesn't protect bad teachers

Why is it so important for Republicans that school principals be allowed to fire teachers willy-nilly?


Jun. 22, 2014 @ 10:44 AM

Letter: Gamewell man gets gift of life

On May 3, David Faulkner of Gamewell received a renewed gift of life. At midnight David was wheeled back into a surgical room to receive a new liver.


Jun. 22, 2014 @ 10:43 AM

Letter: Jay Gaither for district attorney

On July 15 the voters of Catawba, Burke and Caldwell counties will have the opportunity to vote for and elect their next district attorney. It has been my pleasure to have worked in the judicial system with your present district attorney, Jay Gaither.


Jun. 22, 2014 @ 10:42 AM

Letter: Bitter response uncalled for

I was surprised to get such a bitter response to the article about the Valmead fire siren from Mr. Quinn. I don't know how he got the feeling that we had no respect for the firemen because we questioned the use of an outdated system when there are more modern ways to alert firemen.


Jun. 15, 2014 @ 01:13 AM

Letter: What makes a father a father?

What makes a father a father? That is an important question. Most people would say that a father is someone who has children, but that isn't always the case.


Jun. 15, 2014 @ 01:12 AM

Letter: Where are my cats going?

Someone is stealing my cats.


Jun. 15, 2014 @ 01:11 AM

Letter: If you don't like it, leave

Having read the front-page story on "Sirens' use questioned" in Sunday's paper and how it is bothering the Dorions, I would like to say it probably bothers the firefighters as well.


Jun. 15, 2014 @ 01:07 AM

Letter: Support law to restrict puppy mills

I urge all of your readers, particularly animal lovers to write to our state senator, Dan Soucek, and urge him to help move H.B. 930 out of committee and get it signed into law.


Jun. 15, 2014 @ 01:06 AM

Letter: Negotiating our country away

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).


Jun. 09, 2014 @ 10:06 AM

Letter: Immigration update

On the immigration front, there have been developments.


Jun. 09, 2014 @ 10:05 AM

Letter: David Learner for district attorney

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.


Jun. 09, 2014 @ 10:03 AM

Letter: Speak for yourself, Benjie

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.


Jun. 09, 2014 @ 03:59 PM

Letter: The compassion of Caldwell Hospice

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.


Jun. 09, 2014 @ 10:02 AM

Letter: Police are reckless drivers too

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?


May. 31, 2014 @ 03:29 PM

Letter: Jay Gaither for district attorney

We are writing to complain about a recent political flyer we received from candidate for district attorney David Learner.


May. 31, 2014 @ 03:27 PM

Letter: Separate your recyclables

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!


May. 30, 2014 @ 03:30 PM

Letter: Report all of it

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.


May. 30, 2014 @ 03:27 PM

Letter: Many reckless drivers near construction area

With the road construction on U.S. 321 complained of by another reader there is an obvious need for a police presence.


May. 25, 2014 @ 04:28 AM

Letter: Jay Gaither for district attorney

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.


May. 25, 2014 @ 04:27 AM

Letter: Thoughts from a reunion

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.


May. 25, 2014 @ 04:26 AM

Letter: Let's regulate, for heaven's sake

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."