Wake Forest’s history

The front page of the Jan. 25 Journal states that Melissa Harris-Perry feels that Wake Forest University “benefited from slavery and the state’s racist policies” and Wake needs to discuss reparations (“Harris-Perry, Wake Forest at odds”). I suggest she study the history of our beloved alma mater before making such ludicrous claims.

Wake Forest was founded by the N.C. Baptist State Convention for ministers and laymen in 1834 as Wake Forest Manual Labor Institute, where students and faculty alike were required to work half of each day doing manual labor on the institute’s farm. Wake barely survived the Civil War, having to close its doors from 1862-1866 due to lack of students and faculty. Also, Wake Forest became a leader in desegregation, being the first major private university in the South to admit its first black student in 1962. These facts hardly bear out Harris-Perry’s clearly biased statements.

This is yet another example of the liberal elite’s entitlement mentality and total lack of understanding of the core principles of hard work and self-responsibility upon which our country was founded and prospered.

Leslie Frye Jr.


Almost approve

I’m so angry about what’s happening with Congress right now that I’m ready to vote for a Trump.

Not President Trump per se, or a member of his family, but for some outsider who is not a politician. Members of Congress, including our North Carolina delegation, were more interested in their political games of ego and winning and losing than in letting working people get back to work. Now that the shutdown is over, they’re going right back to their corners.

If that’s why people voted for Trump — in hopes of breaking the logjam — I can almost understand.

Of course, Trump’s immorality and incompetence were widely reported before he was elected, so it’s hard to understand why anyone thought he could actually accomplish anything. But I’d vote for another outsider candidate if he or she weren’t so obviously flawed.

Hank Boles


Call for recusal

As reported in the Journal (“Wiley project raising questions,” Jan. 23), newly elected Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education member Leah Crowley has used her new position as head of the Building and Grounds Committee to rush through an inadequately justified recommendation to move the schedule for the replacement of the Wiley Magnet School gym ahead of other carefully determined priorities.

Crowley has a personal interest in accelerating the schedule for demolition of the Wiley gym — it stands in the way of plans for the controversial proposal to build a stadium for Reynolds High School adjacent to Wiley. There is a clear conflict of interest for Crowley’s participation in board decisions related to the stadium project. Her husband is the head football coach for the Reynolds football team and Crowley is an active supporter for building the stadium.

The $350 million bond referendum approved by voters in 2016 includes a range of publicly evaluated construction projects. At its Feb. 5 meeting, the full board may consider the committee recommendation to move the schedule for the Wiley gym project ahead of others. This vote should be delayed pending clear justification for the change and a full examination of its impact on the bonds budget. Because of her conflict of interest, Crowley should recuse herself from all future votes that could impact the proposed construction of a Reynolds stadium.

Mark Lively


Quite a show

Reading of the death of Glen Wood (“Patriarch of Wood Brothers Racing dies,” Jan. 19) brought back memories of races of the 1950s in Winston-Salem and Greensboro, and I remember a track that could have been at Haw River.

A friend and I climbed the fence at Greensboro. This was the day that the grandstand burned.

Anyhow, Glen and his brother Leonard were usually the class of the field and would put on quite a show in their ’39 and ’40 souped-up Fords.

Jeff Weavil


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