Regarding âPushing to recall the mayor of Raleigh is not the right way to improve city governmentâ (Editorial, July 22):
It doesn’t matter if one is for or against a mayor’s reminder, a big newspaper justifying bad government with things like “but the economy”, “the pandemic was tough” and “don’t make changes in a pandemic year “shows a lack of integrity and, even worse, a lack of respect for democracy.
A majority of Raleigh City Council, led by this mayor, has chosen, behind closed doors, to push to extend their terms well beyond what is needed. Two reasons have been put forward: 1. Raleigh couldn’t redesign his quarters fast enough. 2. The city has unfinished bond work.
This is not how democracy works, and everyone involved knows it.
Integrity is crucial for democracy and good government. Integrity is doing what is right behind closed doors and not justifying something that is clearly wrong based on how you feel about a person or a group. The recall is not a problem for me. The problem is the lack of integrity in my city.
Sam Hershey, Raleigh
I find it interesting that Bill 324 and the local school board policies that support it do not explicitly say, âyou cannot teach critical race theoryâ. I suspect they don’t say it because the goal was never the CRT to begin with.
No, the point is to preserve convenient lies about history and to demonize teachers and public schools who dare to speak the whole complex truth of our shared history. The goal is to teach our students half-truths.
Anyone who is afraid of the truths that an honest look at history might reveal has no problem with a particular pedagogy or lesson plan. They have a problem with reality and honest confrontations with the truth.
Lee Quinn, Raleigh
Run in fear
Fourteen states, all with Republican governors and Republican-controlled legislatures, have now passed laws making it more difficult for registered voters to vote in an election.
These restrictive laws disproportionately affect blacks and ethnic minorities, people with disabilities and even students and those whose work schedules limit participation in an election.
Donald Trump sounded the alarm bells ahead of the 2020 election when he said, âIf more people vote, I will lose. Drawing inspiration from the former president, many Republican candidates for public office are now afraid. They are afraid of losing unless they discourage people from exercising their right to vote.
âAren’t you ashamed,â President Biden chided in a recent speech in Philadelphia. Apparently not.
Thomas K. Spence Jr., Sanford
Since the beginning of the year 2000, the Republican and Democratic parties have tried to impose on voters “solutions” to their advantage, from presidential elections to local elections.
Nowhere do both sides show more contempt for the voting public and American citizens than in unilateral attempts at voting law.
If ever it was necessary for Democrats and Republicans to work together to craft a solution acceptable to all parties and the public, now is the time and the vote is the question.
There must be a public debate to produce a negotiated agreement acceptable to 80% of Congress and the public. Of course, no one will be completely satisfied with the outcome, but the signatories of the Constitution were not completely satisfied either.
If we cannot agree on how to vote, there is little expectation of further cooperation and the survival of the country. If the two sides fail to come to an agreement, then we need a new party that represents our country, not themselves.
Thomas Shute, Raleigh
The federal minimum wage of $ 7.25 was set in 2009, where it remains. Every year there was a conscious decision not to give a single penny raise to the working poor.
Due to inflation, the purchasing power of $ 7.25 has declined by 21% over those 12 years. Thus, the poor have become increasingly poor. This situation is not only unfair, it is immoral.
A minimum wage worker working 40 hours a week for 52 weeks (with no day off) earns a gross income of $ 15,080. Even at $ 15 an hour, the annual gross would be $ 31,200. After deducting Social Security and Medicare, this works out to about $ 2,400 per month to cover rent, utilities, food, medicine, clothing, child care, transportation and all. other basic expenses. It is hardly possible.
Let’s start treating our minimum wage workers, many of whom are our âcore workersâ during the pandemic, with the respect and compensation they deserve.
Patricia V. Long, Raleigh
Dereliction of duty
Many of us who are vaccinated against COVID-19 are increasingly angry at the dereliction of duty by so many of our citizens to support the effort against the virus.
They offer various, mostly specious, arguments against accepting the simple and gratuitous act of being almost immune from a deadly natural enemy.
If it was only their own safety, it might just be their own decision. But it’s not about them, it’s about all of us. They do not exercise personal rights; they betray us as fellow Americans in a battle against a grave threat to our general well-being.
Lawrence Evans, Durham
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