LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Register to vote, Konnoak Elementary, and Gay Marriage

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Register to vote, Konnoak Elementary, and Gay Marriage
August 06
00:00 2015

Register to vote and go to polls for victory

To the Editor:

We won one battle, but we have three more to fight!!!

The confederate flag came down the pole.

Gentrification is still up the pole.

The confederate flag came down the pole.

Gerrymandering is still up the pole.

The confederate flag came down the pole.

Voter suppression is still up the pole.

We won one battle in bringing the confederate flag down but we have three more battles to win.

We can only declare victory when we register and go to the polls in record numbers and vote in 2016!!!

James J. Hankins Wilmington, N.C.


Forsyth County should approve funds for new Konnoak Elementary

To the Editor:

The construction of a new Konnoak Elementary School facility is a major concern, not only for the Konnoak School family, but also the Christ Lutheran, Covenant Presbyterian, Konnoak Baptist, Konnoak Hills Moravian, and Konnoak Hills United Methodist Congregations.

Built in 1956, the school is in disrepair and deals with air quality issues caused by its aging HVAC system and failing roof.

Almost one-fourth of its more than 750 students are housed in “temporary” mobile classrooms, some dating back to the 1990s.

In 2006, funding for the school’s replacement was cut from a county bond referendum package, when approval fell short of the school district’s needs.

Last January, nine years later, school officials reiterated the school’s replacement is overdue.

The Forsyth County Board of Commissioners is responsible for providing funds for this $18.9 million reconstruction.

This spring, the board raised the county’s debt service ceiling to 18 percent, creating the possibility of providing these funds immediately.

The board has yet to approve the building cost and may subject approval to the contingency of a 2016 bond referendum, delaying construction at least until the summer of 2017.

If so, a new building could open no sooner than fall 2018, twelve years after officials identified the critical need for replacement.

Our neighborhood has tolerated an insufficient and unhealthy school building far too long, and the governing boards of our five congregations invite our neighbors across Forsyth County to ask the Commissioners to approve the construction cost for Konnoak School without further delay.

The Christ Lutheran Church Board of Deacons; Don Murray, Pastor The Covenant Presbyterian Church Session; Laura Gaylor, Clerk Konnoak Baptist Church Board of Deacons; John Bishop, Pastor The Konnoak Hills Moravian Church Joint Board of Elders and Trustees; John D. Rights, Chair The Konnoak Hills United Methodist Church Administrative Board; Randy Manser, Pastor


Work to overturn high court’s gay marriage decision

To the Editor:

The recent controversial decision by a sharply divided (5-4) Supreme Court to concoct a Constitutional “right” to homosexual “marriage” won’t be the last word on the subject.

The ideologically based, politically biased decision, which basically puts heterophobic homosexuals on the same level as normal heterosexuals, so flies in the face of reason that it will eventually be overturned by more intelligent, less biased judges.

Thinking people have known for centuries that homosexual activity is immoral and a bad legal precedent.

The ancient and primitive Greek and Roman societies once valued homosexual activity, but people ultimately wised up and deprecated it.

Plato, for example, wisely and logically opposed it as unethical.

Would that some Supreme Court Justices were as wise as Plato on this subject.

As female minds in male bodies and male minds in female bodies are sure signs that something went wrong somewhere (in nature and/or nurture), so homosexual minds in heterosexual bodies are also sure signs of mind/body mismatches, are sure signs of disorders.

To put obvious disorders like homosexuality on a par with normal heterosexuality is clearly absurd.

To equate homosexual “marriage” with heterosexual marriage is nonsensical.

Someday in the future people will look back at this regressive, inane decision and wonder, “What were they thinking?” (or IF they were thinking).

In the meantime, it’s up to decent ethical people to work to overturn it.

Let’s get started.

Wayne Lela Downers Grove, Illinois

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