Opinion: Letters to the Editor

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."


May. 25, 2014 @ 04:24 AM

Letter: Thanks to all for food donations

This is an open letter of gratitude to our community!


May. 11, 2014 @ 02:15 PM

Letter: Thanks for fundraiser success

The Pancake Breakfast at Fatz last Saturday was a great success, thanks to the help of many people.


May. 11, 2014 @ 02:14 PM

Letter: Virtual schools provide opportunities for families

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.


May. 11, 2014 @ 02:13 PM

Letter: An open letter to America

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.”


Apr. 23, 2014 @ 01:22 AM

Letter: Story, editorial on Kincaid were inaccurate

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.


Apr. 06, 2014 @ 07:32 AM

Letter: Thanks to lawyers for charity game

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.


Apr. 06, 2014 @ 01:36 AM

Letter: Suffering and death from liberalism

Liberalism killed millions of people in Africa, inflicted suffering on millions more — then turned its back.


Apr. 06, 2014 @ 01:35 AM

Letter: Don't hold hatred in your heart

When we get angry it's very easy to say things we don't mean, especially those three words "I hate you!"


Apr. 06, 2014 @ 01:34 AM

Letter: Cheers for Kaleidoscope

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.


Mar. 30, 2014 @ 01:18 AM

Letter: Recommendations for primary voters

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.


Mar. 30, 2014 @ 01:17 AM

Letter: Don't litter and deface the country

While driving on the roads here in the county, I am saddened to see all the trash on the road banks.


Mar. 30, 2014 @ 01:16 AM

Letter: When ideology and theology clash

When political ideology conflicts with Christian values, which should prevail?


Mar. 30, 2014 @ 01:15 AM

Letter: A Bible-based perspective on equality

In the March 2 column “Equality: We Have To Make It Right” by Brent Tomberlin, Mr. Tomberlin addresses the coming-out party of the sports and political world’s heroes of Homosexuality who have become the perverse poster boys for their elite places in society.


Mar. 30, 2014 @ 01:14 AM

Letter: Caldwell's hemlocks need help

I live in the mountains in northern Caldwell County, where we have a lot of eastern hemlocks. At one time it appeared that some agency was releasing a large quantity of what looked like lady bugs every fall.


Mar. 23, 2014 @ 01:06 AM

Letter: Businesses need tax reform

I have been a small business owner in this community for 40 years. Over that time, the burdens placed on entrepreneurs by the federal government in Washington have grown considerably, especially when it comes to our tax burden.


Mar. 23, 2014 @ 01:05 AM

Letter: Thanks for kindness after recent death

The family of Ellis Allen Jr., retired from Caldwell County Sheriff's Office in 2007, wish to express our great appreciation to Sheriff Alan Jones and the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard for their participation in Ellis' funeral service Feb. 22.


Mar. 23, 2014 @ 01:04 AM

Letter: Don't blame Gaither for tragedy

As a former law enforcement officer, I understand the complex and difficult job of both police and prosecutors, and I am in a position to criticize those who are not or have not done their jobs. Our current district attorney, Jay Gaither, has clearly done a very good job over the past 11 years as our chief prosecutor.


Mar. 23, 2014 @ 01:01 AM

Letter: Awkward exam not usually painful

I read Benjie Watts' recent column and appreciate his injection of humor into what is, at best, an awkward physical examination and can be, at worst, the prelude to the discovery of prostate concer. Humor is a great trait that often is a blessing to those who possess it and to those to whom it is offered. However, Mr. Watts' use of the phrase "some of the pain you are experiencing" should bear the caveat that most digital rectal exams are not painful.


Mar. 14, 2014 @ 07:44 AM

Letter: Thanks to 4-H volunteers

On behalf of the Caldwell County 4-H Youth Development Program, I would like to express my appreciation to a special group of volunteers and staff. This past Saturday was a beautiful day filled with excitement and anticipation as many enthusiastic gardeners came to Caldwell Cooperative Extension to pick up their perennial fruits and vegetables.


Mar. 10, 2014 @ 04:49 AM

Letter: Hagan's flaw is her positions

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.


Mar. 09, 2014 @ 04:53 AM

Letter: Tell the whole truth about King Ben

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.


Mar. 09, 2014 @ 04:51 AM

Letter: Don't equate gay rights, civil rights

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.