Opinion: Letters to the Editor

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.


Mar. 09, 2014 @ 04:50 AM

Letter: DSS slandering me

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?


Mar. 10, 2014 @ 02:46 PM

Letter: America's spirit is dimming

America’s spirit is clearly dimming. Barack Obama seems never to have had it.


Mar. 10, 2014 @ 02:45 PM

Letter: Nothing 'equal' about it

My son raised my grandson for 1612 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.


Mar. 10, 2014 @ 02:43 PM

Letter: The truth about Ben Griffin

I’m voting for Ben. How about you?


Feb. 24, 2014 @ 08:39 AM

Letter: Thanks to Emergency Services

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. 24, 2014 @ 08:38 AM

Letter: Thank you, Nancy Austin

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.


Feb. 24, 2014 @ 08:38 AM

Letter: Our Maine winter experience

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.


Feb. 24, 2014 @ 08:36 AM

Letter: Rural Center is still here

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.


Feb. 09, 2014 @ 05:32 AM

Letter: The Ben Griffin saga

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.


Feb. 09, 2014 @ 01:34 AM

Letter: Sometimes I wonder

How much longer will God tolerate the people in the world?


Feb. 09, 2014 @ 01:33 AM

Letter: Help prove Wall Street wrong

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.


Feb. 03, 2014 @ 04:17 PM

Letter: The waiting game

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.


Feb. 03, 2014 @ 04:16 PM

Letter: Tillis is best Republican choice

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.


Jan. 19, 2014 @ 05:36 AM

Letter: Say no to 'fast track' trade authority

Why does Mark Meadows want to violate the Constitution of the United States and abdicate congressional responsibilities to the executive branch?


Jan. 19, 2014 @ 05:35 AM

Letter: Troubling liberalism

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.


Jan. 12, 2014 @ 01:09 AM

Letter: Keep watch for thieves

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.


Jan. 05, 2014 @ 09:56 AM

Letter: Thanks for Christmas fun

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.


Dec. 25, 2013 @ 09:52 AM

Letter: Put the money where it's needed

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."


Dec. 24, 2013 @ 09:54 AM

Letter: Healthcare.gov really works

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.


Dec. 24, 2013 @ 09:53 AM

Letter: Endowment invests in community

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.


Dec. 22, 2013 @ 01:15 AM

Letter: We reap whatsoever Mark soweth

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.