Letter to the Editor for Feb. 9

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Sick and tired of campus culture

I am a senior at UNC-Chapel Hill and part of a small but growing minority on this campus. We come from all walks of life and are present in every academic department. Some call us the “Alternative Right.” Others call us “fascists.”  Still others call us “ignorant,” or even worse, “racist.” Regardless of what they call us, we exist.

We’re sick and tired of hypocrite professors and suburban rich kids who bemoan the struggles of the working class but demonstrate utter contempt for every working man and woman of this country by supporting politicians and policies that ship their livelihoods overseas. We’re sick and tired of being told to sit down and shut up by progressives who claim to believe in free speech. Most of all we’re sick and tired of a campus culture that values the color of a person’s skin more than the content of his or her thoughts.

The rising specter of violence and intolerance on American campuses is arising from the radical left: anarchists and Marxists, mostly from upper middle class families, who would rather start a second civil war which would kill millions of innocent people than listen to a contrary opinion. They would throw away two-hundred forty years of blood, sweat, and tears in the name of “social justice,” which they use to justify violence, looting, and rioting to silence their opposition, people like gay, conservative activist Milo Yiannopoulos, who defies their most cherished stereotype.

Here’s to Free Speech,

 

Chris Watson via email

Neither party has all the good ideas

Some observations and opinions about our present political atmosphere created by “bad thinking,” but which can be improved.

1. Democrats might well consider that you can’t justify your actions based on the idea that, “we are only doing what the Republicans did.” The Republicans were absolutely wrong in refusing to hold hearings and confirm President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee. He was qualified, and no one could point to anything that disqualified him. It appears this is the same for President Trump’s nominee. Attend the hearings, and unless something in his past disqualifies him, confirm him. The fact he is conservative is not a disqualification any more than one’s being a liberal disqualifies him or her.

2. Republicans on the other hand might well consider abandoning the philosophy of “might makes right.” Neither your party nor anyone else has a monopoly on good ideas. Just because one has the power to do what they want doesn’t make what they do right. Otherwise, we would seek a dictatorship and not democracy.

3. Both parties want to “out Christian” the other party. So be it; but remember the only characteristic of Christianity that sets it apart from other religions is the concept of grace. Other religions have virgin births, resurrections, humans becoming gods, and gods becoming human. But Christians believe in grace, the idea that God doesn’t give you what you deserve, you get more than you deserve. So if I want to be more Christlike, I have to give my fellow humans more than they deserve, even my opponents.

4. Judging people on the basis of what they are instead of who they are has never worked. Negroes were inferior to slave owners, Jews were inferior to Nazis, Hispanics and Muslims appear to be inferior to our president, corporate executives and bankers are inferior to Democrats, and the poor and union workers are inferior to Republicans. Such ideas culminate in one party opposing everything the other party proposes or does simply because it came from the other party. This tendency might best be illustrated by the way liberals are described. The “L” word is too often used the same way the “N” word was previously used. One of the greatest saying I ever heard is “we all look alike in the dark.” If each party can deal with the other in that “light,” we might well accomplish what we’ve set out to do – make this country and this world a better place to live.

5. In the end it is the individual that makes a difference. I presume that all or at least the vast majority of the members of congress are fine individuals, but it appears that when they gather, they act more like two packs of dogs. Their personalities change, and we see a pack mentality. I would hope we would see more opposition to ideas from within the parties rather than a blind following of the party line. Remember it was a child who stated the obvious, “The Emperor has no clothes” when everyone else ignored the obvious. Both parties put forth periodic bad ideas. Speak up, act like you can think, show some courage, and don’t hide behind the cloak of the party.

6. Finally, examples of bad ideas from both side of the aisle are easily illustrated. Our poor and lower class is expanding. That is bad for the country. Many Democratic Party government social programs have not achieved what they set out to accomplish. So don’t just throw more money at them. Either fix them, or discard them and substitute better programs. In creating programs, keep in mind a great saying from Alcoholics Anonymous, “Don’t deprive someone of their bottom.” For Republicans, the poor haven’t chosen their lot. Poor people aren’t lazy, they need assistance. The question becomes what will “assist” (not rescue) them the most. As Lyndon Johnson once said, “You can’t chain a man for 100 years, and then lead him to the starting line of a race expecting him to compete with everyone else.”

Every snowflake in an avalanche pleads not guilty. I need to change the two square feet I occupy, both in thought and actions. I need to remember I can make a difference.

 

Steven E. Philo — Franklin, N.C.

Every woman has a right to choose

Unfortunately anti-abortion supporters named themselves   Pro-Life, thereby labeling Pro-Choice supporters   Pro-Death. This  serves  to demonize the Pro-Choice   movement,   increase   division,   promote   intolerance, and incite violence, as in the bombing of Planned Parenthood clinics and murder of their clinicians who provide   low-cost   healthcare  for women and access to contraception, which results in fewer abortions.

The point of contention between these two groups lies in definitions of when life begins. It is at conception for the anti-abortionists  and  for Pro-Choice  supporters  it is either when an embryo becomes a fetus (occurring the earliest at the end of the first trimester) or when capable of sustaining life independently, at about   24 weeks.   Webster   defines   fetus   as    “human   offspring   from  about four months (of gestation) until birth”

The Pro-Choice movement maintains that these beliefs and choices are personal decisions not to be decided for them by any government entity or any group or individual.  They support the right of women in the anti-abortion movement to their own beliefs.

Some members of the Pro-Choice movement personally do not favor abortion but concede that every  woman  has  a  right  to  choose  for  herself  whenever  it concerns her own body.

 

Judy  Stockinger — Franklin, N.C.

Burgeoning population straining resources

Indeed, we are a nation of immigrants.  My own heritage is Jewish, Dutch, Scottish and English.  Even the American Indians immigrated here over 12,000 years ago from Asia.

So yes, we all have empathy for immigrants and refugees.

But there is a point in our near future where we cannot accommodate many more immigrants. Our own resources are finite and the faster we grow the sooner we use up those resources.

In places like Latin America, the Far East, the Middle East, people have used up their own resources and are now looking to immigrate to our country as well as Europe.

This begs the question of whether we should simply open our doors to the rest of the world? We certainly have our share of loonies who would provide open borders to everyone which could really be a disaster considering there are several billion people who are in desperate need.  Could America really handle a billion people and survive as a nation?

Keep in mind we were only 152 million population in 1950.

Goofy ideas, promoted by the Liberal Left and the ACLU, underline their willingness to sacrifice American lives, as long as it’s the other guy’s life.

We already know ISIS has made it clear that they will infiltrate America and do us harm.

Surely, starving people of Bangladesh, Zambia, Ethiopia, Guatemala or Brazil would be delighted to move here along with citizens of dozens of other countries.  Their governments would be happy to unload them because their resources are depleted from over population.

Some years ago there was an article in one of the magazines devoted to economics in which it outlined that the tipping point for America is about 500 million population.  We’re closer to that figure than we realize and while the official count is at 325 million, there may be as many as 30 million uncounted. (Illegals don’t register for the census.)

Some of the shortages predicted involve things like fresh water with which to grow our crops and we are rapidly running out of it.

While we have made tremendous strides by almost doubling food production through genetic engineering and better fertilizers/insecticides there is a limit to what we can do.  A population of 500 million will represent a tipping point for us and it will be downhill after that.

While the ACLU and Liberals claim that we are violating human rights the fact is our Constitution only applies to American citizens, not a citizen of Zambia or Syria. Overpopulation is at the root of why people want to come to America. It is also what drives radical Muslims to expand into countries with more resources.  Religion is only an excuse for them. For the record, most wars were also because of over population and lack of resources. For instance Hitler wanted what he called “living space” and invaded eastern countries to get that living space and resources.

As Hillary Clinton implied, our burgeoning population growth puts tremendous demands on our welfare systems and may signal  the end of our freedom as a nation.  How many refugees and immigrants can we take in before empathy and passion destroy us?

 

Bob Wilson — Franklin, N.C.

Bullying tactics don’t cut it as a leader

It’s gotten to the point that I’m hesitant to listen to or read the news.  President Trump’s most recent series of denigrating tweets and pronouncements are more suited to a petulant four-year-old than the president of the United States.  His sophomoric behavior and rants remind me of the late Sen. Joseph McCarthy’s witch hunts during the “red scare” of the 1950s.

Trump’s erratic behavior, outright falsehoods, and bizzare outbursts have thrown the world into chaos. What we as a country need in our chief executive is leadership, not attacks on anyone who happens to disagree with him.  What this world needs is stability not disarray.  I’m sure I’m not alone when I say I’m deeply concerned at our president’s incredibly thoughtless demeanor.  Even the most ardent of Trump supporters have to be wondering what’s going on.

The president has revealed what I and the majority of Americans who didn’t vote for him feared … that this individual is totally unsuited to the office to which he was elected. The president may have gotten away with his autocratic, bullying tactics as a businessman, but it just doesn’t cut it when it comes to being the leader of the free world. Even members of the Republican dominated Congress are finally coming to the reality that this “leader” is seriously flawed.   This is not the behavior of a normal person.  Bad … really bad.  God help us all.

 

Kurt J. Volker — Otto, N.C.

None other name under heaven

It is written, “There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling.

“One Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of us all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.” Ephesians 4: 4, 5, 6

“And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Matthew 10:28.

“Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.” I Corinthians 2:7.

“That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.” I Corintians 2:5.

One Hope. “For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope; for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?” Romans 8:24;

One Lord. “And why call me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?” Luke 6:46

One Faith. “Your faith is much better than that of others, according to your faith be it unto you.” Matthew 9:29

One Baptism. “For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.” Acts 1:5.

One Name. “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved.” Acts 4:12.

One God and Father of all, one Name of all.

“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved.” Acts 4:12

“Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.” Matthew 21:9.

 

Floyd Cruse — Franklin, N.C.

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