Opinion: Letters to the Editor

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.


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.