Greensboro takes the ground: Letters to the editor for the week of 10/22/2021 | Native

Chainsaw massacre?

I have to agree with Allen Johnson (column: “They destroyed paradise. And set up a zip line,” October 17). The growth of the Greensboro Science Center entertainment complex has been truly amazing and appears to be very well managed.

But for some time now I have been quietly observing how so many of our old trees are being removed and replaced by smaller trees and bushes “under the canopy” in order to enable more and more development, which seems to divide the city into ever smaller islands denser packed neighborhoods and the escape of middle families to the outer suburbs.

This version of “progress” looks and feels more like an attempt to maximize the tax base and source of income while minimizing quality of life and “viability”.

Our beautiful, inviting and environmentally friendly canopy is constantly and far too quickly being decimated. Is it time to update our city logo to one of the crossed chainsaws?

Who is the bigot?

Bigotry has taken over too much political discourse these days. Progressives are quick to declare conservatives for intolerance. But progressivism is the most bigoted and intolerant of all current ideologies. Lately progressives have been spitting hatred for what most people have always considered good decency. They try to silence and cancel anyone who is still keeping it up.

But now a howling mob along with an editorial from News & Record are calling for Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson. There are many progressive fanatics who should step down, but where are the editorials calling for it?

Progressives have long pushed the gay political agenda into the throats of society with half-truths, lies and bullying tactics, among other things. They cannot or do not want to distinguish whether they disapprove of their ideological sacred cows and disparage groups of people. And a lot of people are too intimidated to protest. I applaud Robinson’s attitude, if not all of his rhetoric.

Love vs. hate

I love our Lieutenant Governor Mark Robinson. I have to admit, however, that I have a huge problem with him and I couldn’t disagree with him about his stance on LGBTQ issues. I understand there is disagreement, but come out openly (yes, I use that term) and label our LGBTQ neighbors as “shit”? I felt compelled to answer.

What Robinson said during a church visit last summer was alarming, egregious and, frankly, full of hatred.

Using such disdain and hurtful words towards any group of people is beyond my understanding. To be honest, it is difficult to grasp – especially from the second highest political office in our state. But this is not about politics. This is about humanity, compassion, respect and empathy. It’s also about love. As Mahatma Gandhi once said: “Love is the most powerful force in the world, and yet it is the most humble one can imagine.”

Yes, I love Mr. Robinson, not because of what he said, but because our traditions of belief command us to love one another even when it is difficult and we disagree. Perhaps Mr. Robinson should reconsider the Golden Rule and the Bible verse, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself”.

On mandates

Every job I’ve ever had I’ve had to take a drug test to prove I’m drug free – mandate.

The state requires me to wear a seat belt when driving – mandate.

I’ve been in industrial settings where I had to wear a hard hat, eye protection, gloves, hearing protection and even a mask – all mandates.

My assignment as an officer in the armed forces required that I maintain my weight and meet physical fitness standards – mandate.

I had to be eligible to travel worldwide so I have a thick record of records – mandate.

I even had to have my wisdom teeth pulled – mandate.

Most of the jobs I’ve had require me to wear ID with my name and picture on it – mandate.

I am ready to do this, not only because I am “forced” to do so, but also for my own safety and the safety of those around me. Who decided that mask and vaccination regulations are somehow different and can be ignored?

Back to the sender

Surely Cal Thomas must know (“Time to stamp out the US Postal Service”, October 5th) that the Pony Express only existed for 18 months and was not a financial success. He should also know that the Post is run like a private company and does not receive taxpayers’ money. The difference is that it cannot make its own decisions. Any decision must be clarified by the USPS board of directors (politically appointed). You cannot close offices, buy or sell vehicles, or make other business decisions on your own. According to the law, they have to deliver six days a week. You can’t even lay off unneeded workers.

You have to pay $ 5.5 billion upfront each year to fund employee health plans, etc. What “private” business does it do?

In the Republicans’ rush to privatize everything, can you imagine their version? You would get incentives, bonuses, tax breaks, completely free rein without supervision, because who cares where the money is going?

If Ben Franklin came back today, he wouldn’t exterminate the USPS; he would reshape Congress.

What if …?

Five Republican Senators who have announced they will not be re-elected. What if these resigning senators broke the ranks of their party as a farewell gesture of bipartisanism and voted with the Democrats to pass the Build Back Better reconciliation law?

What if only two of these senators left their caucus to balance the enigmatic DINO (Democrat in Name Only) duo of Arizona and West Virginia? What if only two of the seven principled Republican senators who voted to condemn the former president continued to strengthen their senatorial legacy by doing what is truly “right” for this country’s future?

What if our own Senator Burr went ahead? Indeed what if?

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