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Hyde should answer question about raffle

I just read the article, “Fundraising raffle raises questions” (Aug. 6). It sounded like the usual political maneuvering until I went online and read the exhibits.

Immediately after the raffle, people asked who won. Candidate Jeff Hyde never answered the question, but others who were at the picnic identified the winner.

A month later on a conservative Facebook page, he was again asked to confirm who won. The people questioning him are current and former members of the Guilford County Republican Party Executive Committee. And, since he is running as a Republican, you would assume they support his candidacy.

Hyde’s response was, “This speculation on a public message board doesn’t seem to have much purpose other than to undermine the integrity of YOUR OWN TEAM” (emphasis his).

Wouldn’t it have been easier to simply explain the situation? What bothers me most is that he admonishes his supporters for asking questions.

Integrity is answering a direct question with a direct answer.

Michael Shepherd

Greensboro

Capt. Cherry gets praise from former neighbors

Regarding the article about Greensboro Police Capt. Charles Cherry (Aug. 10), we feel compelled to speak out personally about him.

Seven years ago, we lived next door to the most kind, gentle, caring and soft-spoken person for eight years. That gentle giant was Cherry. Very unassuming, it wasn’t until he moved that we learned he was a lieutenant. We thought he was a “beat cop.”

While out of town, we would keep an eye on each other’s house, gathering mail and papers. We didn’t even think twice to offer him to build off of our existing fence, sharing common ground, so to speak.

It is absolutely unfathomable that the person portrayed by the Greensboro Police Department is the same person we came to know and respect. Given the sad, sordid history of the racial sagas that have plagued the department for years, this should not surprise us.

Personally, we can only conclude that Capt. Cherry is being singled out and railroaded.

No racial bias here; we are a white couple.

Katherine Hiatt

Gregory Kelly

Greensboro

Afghanistan war needs attention from media

In a trenchant opinion column in the News & Record (Aug. 4), Bob Herbert made the point that our war in Afghanistan is “lunacy.”

He says Americans don’t care enough to force the end of the war because we are not directly affected by it.

In the Vietnam War, we did care enough to force the government to end it because the news media brought it into our homes and made us care, made us “see” the lunacy of it.

This is what is needed now — for the news media to force us to confront the reality of fighting the war, the lives shattered by it, the suicides of American soldiers caused by it, the hopelessness of any good coming out of prolonging it.

When Americans get concerned enough about an issue, we act, and that is what is needed now.

Karyn Joyner

Burlington

Progressives don’t hear what the electorate says

In his column, “Hiding out while state issues burn” (Aug. 8), Chris Fitzsimon makes clear the thinking of so-called progressives with such comments as “legislation cautiously written behind the scenes because the politicians don’t want to get ahead of the public.”

Particularly telling is Fitzsimon’s complaint that in the current political climate “they’d (the politicians) almost always rather react to public opinion than shape it” without incurring the wrath of the increasingly deceived and misled electorate.

So, per Fitzsimon, if the electorate doesn’t agree with the progressives’ view, the electorate must be deceived, misled and in need of having their views shaped.

That the Democrats in the U.S. Congress share this view would explain why they proceeded to pass health care legislation against the wishes of the American public.

It also explains why Democrats are planning a lame-duck session to pass more unpopular legislation before they lose their majority.

It’s time to replace the elected public opinion shapers with elected representatives.

Gary L. McGuirk

Greensboro

Obama backtracking on his no-new-tax promise

I was extremely concerned to learn that President Obama’s proposed budget includes $400 billion in new taxes and fees to the oil and gas industry.

Why care? Because the reality is new taxes and fees to the oil and gas industry would be passed along to us, the consumers.

President Obama campaigned on not raising taxes on everyday Americans. During the campaign, he said, “If you are a family making less than $250,000, my plan will not raise your taxes. Period!”

He repeatedly vowed, “Your taxes will not go up.” That promise, frequently and eloquently repeated, was a real selling point to many Americans.

While new taxes and fees on the oil and gas industry aren’t a tax increase on consumers directly, higher prices at the pump would impact all Americans regardless of income level. Americans already struggling to make ends meet would be impacted the most. How can our president and his administration that claims to be especially concerned about struggling Americans justify such an action?

Robin Paulick

Efland

Media easy on Obama

During the Bush administration, the media occasionally reported that “Bush lied.” Despite his innumerable broken campaign promises, nothing like this has been reported on Obama.

That made me believe the media were biased. Then I got to thinking that the media only report news and unusual occurrences. Someday, if it ever should occur, I may read that “Obama tells truth.” That would be news.

Hank Powell

Greensboro

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