Opinion: Letters to the Editor

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.

Dec. 08, 2013 @ 01:38 AM

Letter: Five is not enough

A five-day-a-week paper is not enough. If I had my way, we'd have more than a once-a-week column by Benjie Watts, also.

Dec. 08, 2013 @ 01:37 AM

Letter: Civic center hit home run

On behalf of the 25th Judicial District Bar (Caldwell, Burke and Catawba County lawyers) I write to commend the staff at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center for a wonderful evening on Nov. 7.

Dec. 08, 2013 @ 01:36 AM

Letter: Soucek, Starnes ask fair questions

This letter is in response to the editorial published in Nov. 24 edition of the Lenoir News-Topic that suggested that Sen. Dan Soucek was way out of line to suggest local funding of teacher assistants at the Nov. 19 education forum at CCC&TI. It also asked where this “pot of gold” local funding would come from. The reality of the situation is that this pot of local funding already exists and has for many years.

Nov. 30, 2013 @ 02:18 PM

Letter: Oh, the noise, noise, noise

As I get older, rather than my hearing getting worse, it seems that everything has become a constant noise!

Nov. 30, 2013 @ 02:16 PM

Letter: 'Weekend edition' is a farce

I don't like the new Lenoir News-Topic weekend edition.

Nov. 29, 2013 @ 02:19 PM

Letter: 'Hearing' was a show trial

U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry touted the Gastonia event as a “Hearing” on health care but refused to hear from anyone who had a positive experience to relate to the all-red panel. Worse, they did not bother to ask pertinent questions of those they did hear from.

Nov. 16, 2013 @ 06:44 AM

Letter: Mr. Bob stands out

I had an opportunity to greatly enjoy a business visit to a Lenoir and wondered how many folks in Lenoir realize what a "treasure" you fine residents enjoy right in your hometown. This fellow is known as Bob Cutts.

Nov. 16, 2013 @ 06:43 AM

Letter: Honeycrisp wins the vote

The tasting is over and the votes are tallied. We're excited to announce the results from our search for Caldwell County's Favorite Apple.

Nov. 16, 2013 @ 06:42 AM

Letter: Immigration reform would worsen unemployment

I read of the disturbing unemployment rate for veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan era -- 10.1 percent, versus 7.3 percent for the overall population (News-Topic, Nov. 10) -- and ask a question: What is the impact of immigration policy on the problem?

Nov. 10, 2013 @ 01:44 AM

Letter: Courts offer no protection from trespass, harassment

How does a citizen of Caldwell County keep unwanted and unwelcome people from trespassing on their property?

Nov. 10, 2013 @ 01:43 AM

Letter: Run it like a business

In a recent letter one of your readers took a jab at those who think the government should be run like a business. She pointed to Broyhill as an example of why that is a bad idea.

I would remind the reader that for every Broyhill, there are a hundred companies like Google, Apple, FedEx and AT&T that, through sound business practices, are wildly successful and an asset to this country.

Nov. 10, 2013 @ 01:42 AM

Letter: Stricter standards would support education

The recent News-Topic headline declaring that a “Conservative group opposes freedom, choice” is highly misleading. Many of the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy’s recommendations for UNC-Chapel Hill’s general education program were made specifically to support and preserve freedom.

Nov. 10, 2013 @ 01:40 AM

Letter: Remember veterans, especially this week

Veterans Day, Nov. 11, is a special time to remember the men and women who have given beyond measure that you might have freedom.

Nov. 02, 2013 @ 01:43 AM

Letter: How stupid is that?

Congress shut down some parts of the government, the workers went home. No work was done.

Then Congress sent the government workers back to work, plus paid them for the time they were out of work, although no work was done for the time they were out of work.

Oct. 29, 2013 @ 10:37 AM

Letter: Care received was second to none

I have never had a good opinion of Caldwell Memorial, but I had never been hospitalized.

Oct. 27, 2013 @ 04:00 PM

Letter: Run the country like a business?

I remember when Ross Perot was running for office, many people claimed he would be a good president because he is a very good businessman. They said this country needs to be run like a business with money coming in and going out. Funny thing is, it IS being run like a business! It is very similar to Broyhill Furniture Industries!

Oct. 20, 2013 @ 07:03 AM

Letter: The real reason D.C. is broken

In "Example shows why D.C. is broken" (News-Topic, Oct. 15), Rob Christensen of the News & Observer is indignant that a conservative lobbying group, Heritage Action, is spending $550,000 on an advertising campaign "against a number of Republicans --- including [Renee] Elmers" [Raleigh area] who opposed the shutdown tactic to end/change Obamacare.

Fair enough. But those same Republican members of Congress --- including specifically Renee Elmers --- are under far more advertising pressure from business lobbies seeking "immigration reform" --- a euphemism for expanding businesses' supply of cheap foreign workers --- than they will ever be from piddling "Heritage Action."

Oct. 14, 2013 @ 04:42 PM

Letter: Meadows' tantrum costing the nation

Being a newcomer to North Carolina I was surprised to learn that my U.S. congressman, Mark Meadows, is the U.S. House member whom CNN described as being the architect of the U.S. government shutdown. This dumb and futile attempt to do away with a law and damage a president he does not like is un-American.

Oct. 11, 2013 @ 01:23 AM

Letter: Nasty bathrooms

While I was waiting in the office, I told the receptionist that my daughter has told me before that the bathrooms are so NASTY, that she has to HOLD IT all day till she gets home, and the receptionist agreed!

Oct. 10, 2013 @ 01:26 AM

Letter: Republican Party self-destructing

Hear that hissing sound? That’s the sound of the air being let out of the Republican Party’s 2016 presidential campaign.

Oct. 03, 2013 @ 01:31 AM

Letter: Women invited to come together

Over the last several months the women of St. Paul AME Church, just as many of you, have become concerned about the violence that has and is taking place in our nation, our state and our county. In the midst of most of these tragedies, there are among the hurting, mothers.

Oct. 02, 2013 @ 07:45 AM

Letter: Thanks to a little angel named Rodney

Last month I was driving to Blowing Rock on a hot Friday afternoon. Suddenly, I noticed my temperature guage quickly spike up and my car was overheating. I coasted into the Caldwell Behavioral Health building parking lot. While getting out of my car, I saw a man get out of his old Ford truck and quickly run over to help me.