Opinion: Letters to the Editor

Jul. 20, 2014 @ 06:24 AM

Letter: Thanks for festival volunteers

Caldwell Friends, a mentoring program, would like to thank all the Blackberry Festival participants who volunteered and were part of our raffle to win a gas grill at the festival.


Jul. 20, 2014 @ 06:24 AM

Letter: In loving memory of Carolyn, Sabrina, Carson

It is always difficult to lose a loved one. It's like your whole world stops.


Jul. 20, 2014 @ 06:23 AM

Letter: Thank you for your help

On Sunday, July 6, on U.S. 321 around 2:30, my husband, J.D. Pennell, blacked out after getting gas at the Hess station in Granite Falls.


Jul. 13, 2014 @ 01:50 AM

Letter: Delapidated buildings are serious problem in Lenoir

Hallelujah, someone else other than myself has obviously taken a ride through Lenoir and noticed all the delapidated buildings and areas that need cleaning up.


Jul. 13, 2014 @ 01:49 AM

Letter: Hobby Lobby decision was ridiculous

I have to disagree with the editorial you printed July 4 from the Jacksonville paper. The Supreme Court continues its campaign to grant full personhood to for-profit corporations.


Jul. 09, 2014 @ 09:26 AM

Letter: Lenoir has new trail for mountain bikes

Training out of Lenoir Fitness Center for over 35 years, I could tell you a lot about the fitness trails I have run there. But this is about the new, free Zacks Fork Mountain Bike Trail section I just rode Friday, June 27.


Jul. 09, 2014 @ 09:23 AM

Letter: Immigration surge stems from Obama

The surge of unaccompanied minors from Central America may not have an easy solution, as publisher Terese Almquist contends (June 29). What is easy, however, is discovering links between the chaotic border and President Obama’s decisions.


Jul. 09, 2014 @ 09:20 AM

Letter: Gaither still best choice for DA

Having had an extra month to observe the district attorney candidates, I’m not real happy with the public behavior of either. But it’s not all about Jay Gaither vs. David Learner.


Jul. 09, 2014 @ 09:19 AM

Letter: Gaither for district attorney

The incumbent, Jay Gaither, has worked hard for the Republican Party for almost 20 years and was recognized as the Catawba County Republican of the year.


Jun. 29, 2014 @ 06:21 AM

Letter: Thanks to sheriff, major

Bethel AC Church had its Vacation Bible School June 16-20. We want to give Sheriff Alan Jones and Maj. David Anderson a special thanks for taking time to come out two nights and do fingerprints for the kids' passports.


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.