September 20
04:30 2018

Anita Earls will defend rule of law for all

To the Editor:

Since 2010, the N.C. General Assembly has passed numerous laws that ended in legal dispute. Because of these audacious laws, it is imperative for us to elect judicial candidates who are not unduly committed to ideology or party loyalty. Instead we should vote for candidates who will defend the rule of law on behalf of all citizens.

Anita Earls is running for Associate Justice of the N.C. Supreme Court, and her entire career has been committed to justice for all. She also has unequaled experience as an advocate of Abraham Lincoln’s concept of a government “of, by and for the people.” For 30 years she has fought to protect civil rights and fair voting rights.

After graduation from Yale School of Law, her experience includes being the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights in the Department of Justice (1998-200) and Director of the Voting Rights Project (2000-2003). In addition Anita Earls has taught at the University of Maryland and UNC Law Schools, and the African-American Studies Department at Duke University. In our state she is best known as the founding Executive Director of the Coalition for Social Justice in Durham.

It is not often that we have the opportunity to cast a vote for such an outstanding candidate, so remember Anita Earls for N.C. Supreme Court in November.

Patricia Sisson, Winston-Salem

City bond initiatives should be approved

To the Editor:

In November, we have the opportunity to continue the progress the City of Winston-Salem is making to create jobs, improve neighborhoods, upgrade our parks and recreation centers, and ensure that our community is safe and secure.

As already noted in The Chronicle, there are five City bonds on the ballot in 2018:

*$43.7 million for streets and sidewalks

*$31 million for parks and recreation

*$21.1 million for public safety facilities

*$14.5 million for economic development

*$11.7 million for housing

If the bonds are approved, the city’s tax rate will increase by 4 cents.

Voters approved bonds in 2014, and more than 90 percent of those projects are underway or completed, including part of the upgrades for Winston Lake Golf Course, which will be completed by May 2019 with the installation of the final sod.

Of what has been spent or committed from the 2014 bonds, Minority/Women Business Enterprise participation has been 23.5 percent of the formal bid projects and 64 percent of the informal bid projects, for a total of $13.5 million.

The bonds on the November’s ballot are for City of Winston-Salem projects only, not for projects for the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools or for Forsyth County.

Please go to the end of the ballot and Vote YES! for all five bond projects.

For detailed information go to

Gayle Anderson, Winston-Salem

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