Letters temporary graphic

file photo

Running for office

Food for thought: With the current group of Democrats running for president, how many are already elected officials, in some way on the public payroll? Twenty-four as of today, all running around getting paid to do something for the people. If they have nothing better to do then maybe those positions should be eliminated.

Either party should be able to find, say, 10 of their best and let the people select the best and brightest one in the primary to represent their party. But 24? How many more deadbeats will join these? Give taxpayers a break.

Ronald Carter



Why would the city leaders bow to the demands of a few and ignore the wishes of the many, as the writer of the May 14 letter “A question” asks? Because America is a republic, not a democracy. We shouldn’t decide things by mob rule, but by constitutional principles. That includes equal rights for minorities.

Robert Fordham


They’ve learned nothing

The fact that we’re still fighting over abortion so many years after Roe v. Wade illustrates nothing so well as the failure of conservative philosophy.

Hear me out.

Conservatives are against big government … until they’re for it. Conservatives think government should leave people alone … except when it comes to women’s most intimate and consequential decisions. Then they’re suddenly for big government.

Their philosophy is contradictory and ill-formed. There’s no guiding principle to decide when big government should jump in — it’s all based on their whims. They use big government when they need it to get what they want.

There’s also something undeniably punitive about their decisions. They refuse to offer incentives to discourage abortion, like health care or monetary support or even education and contraceptives. But they try to punish those who disagree with them. Thus they’re talking about prison terms for doctors and women who have abortions.

We all know the quote about insanity and repetition. In the past almost-50 years, conservatives have learned nothing. They’ve learned no way to stop abortion except to dream of overthrowing a settled constitutional right and they’ve learned nothing about consistency in philosophy. They can still only resort to raw political power, even if it violates their principles.

James T. Fuller


Right on

The group that came up with the suggestion of changing the name of the Dixie Classic Fair are right on. Why would we want to be reminded of slavery? There are no slaves in America today. So forget it.

Susan Rudd


Revealing intent

Policy not rhetoric reveals intent. Policies demand government spend less on people who need help and a lot more on the very well off. They demand individual responsibility from people unable to help themselves.

Policies allow employers to pay low wages and fire women who take their sick child to a doctor. They allow lowering hours so no benefits are paid, and then expect working people to pay for their own medical insurance and retirement.

Policy decisions limit how much food and shelter help women can receive. They shame children whose lunch money is not paid. In short, they spawn high crimes and abortions.

Stopping abortions destroys families and children. Unwanted children are more subject to abuse, sexual and physical. These children need help.

Failing to help children already born shows little real concern for the unborn. Policies contradict the rhetoric.

Dave Danner Sr.


Please submit letters online, with full name, address and telephone number, to Letters@wsjournal.com or mail letters to: The Readers’ Forum, 418 N. Marshall St., Winston-Salem, NC 27101. Letters are subject to editing and are limited to 250 words. For more guidelines and advice on writing letters, go to journalnow.com/site/forms/online_services/letter/

Make sure you never miss our editorials, letters to the editor and columnists. We’ll deliver the Journal’s Opinion page straight to your inbox.

Load comments