Opinion: Letters to the Editor

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.


Dec. 22, 2013 @ 01:13 AM

Letter: Not all government is dysfunctional

You hear so many bad things about government in Washington and Raleigh, but I'm glad to say I've had two experiences recently with local government employees that made me feel good.


Dec. 22, 2013 @ 01:12 AM

Letter: Thank them for their tireless work

Thank you for the article about Toys for Tots. My husband, Sammie Edmisten, who passed away in March, truly loved this project. I would like to thank all those who contributed to Toys for Tots in his honor.


Dec. 22, 2013 @ 01:11 AM

Letter: Another worthy cause

We appreciated the list of non-profit organizations on the front page of the News-Topic recently. However, we would like to mention another that is worthy of our attention because of their contribution in rehabilitating individuals to become responsible citizens who want to "give back" to the community.


Dec. 22, 2013 @ 01:10 AM

Letter: The meaning of Christmas

Christmas is a medieval, European holiday in origin, and therefore needs medieval, European symbols to support it. The birth of Jesus took place in an arid, Eastern country. It's very difficult for Westerners to wrap their heads around the birth of a Savior in such a foreign place. So we wrap the story in things we understand, like snow and Christmas trees and candy canes. Snow is like a white security blanket that we hold next to our heads as we suck our thumbs and gaze at the Nativity. Snow represents the purity of Christ that He has so graciously clothed us with. When we twist that image together with one of His righteousness -- something else He's clothed us in -- we have the red and white of the candy cane, a beautiful medieval image that, like snow, helps to comfort and encourage us at Christmastime.


Dec. 14, 2013 @ 04:14 PM

Letter: Pre-parade music was wonderful

This letter extends a big thank you to the Hibriten Chorus and its director, Ms. Lowe, for the lovely Christmas music they provided prior to the Christmas parade in downtown Lenoir


Dec. 14, 2013 @ 04:14 PM

Letter: A good doctor to have around

I have been seeing Dr. Thomas Church for the last four years. I had been seeing him in Boone, but he has moved his office to 237 Main St. SW, Lenoir.


Dec. 14, 2013 @ 04:13 PM

Letter: Congratulations for Alpine Village

Congratulations to College Avenue Church. As a former resident of Lenoir, it means so much to know true love is being shared with the citizens there.


Dec. 14, 2013 @ 04:12 PM

Letter: School as free-enterprise system now is reality

As a past educator for 31 years, experience teaches me that raising “core standards” will eventually fail as all other “raising standards” experiments have failed in North Carolina. Raising “core standards” is at best only 20 percent of needed reform in education and not the place to start. Basically raising core standards is simply putting lipstick on the pig that has been created by politicians.


Dec. 14, 2013 @ 04:10 PM

Letter: Helping Hands Clinic did more than help

Early in 2009 I received a phone call from someone who I haven’t heard from in a long time. It was my mother who lived in California. She had been experiencing some serious health issues and with the economy in California the way it was, she was unable to find employment to support her or to provide medical care for herself. She asked if she could come to North Carolina and live with my family, and I cautiously said yes. However, it was one of the single best decisions I have ever made.


Dec. 14, 2013 @ 04:09 PM

Letter: Seeking the witnesses to our happy moment

Just this last September, my girlfriend and I were hiking a 30-mile section of the Appalachian Trail. We stopped near Carvers Gap, where an older couple was sitting, enjoying the view.