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Right for the animals

Turning over control of Forsyth County Animal Services to Forsyth County Sheriff Bobby Kimbrough’s office on July 1 is the right thing to do (“Forsyth County to raise tax rate,” June 7). It’s right for Forsyth County residents who need the help of Animal Services, and more importantly it’s right for the animals.

Constituents who call in to Animal Services will now be able to speak to a live person instead of having to leave a voicemail and wait for a response. A sworn deputy is likely to respond to assist them, and all of this will benefit the animals’ welfare by speeding up on-the-ground response times and reuniting distressed owners with their lost animals more quickly.

The concern that Sheriff Kimbrough is not experienced enough to handle this responsibility is misplaced. He has a storied career in law enforcement, loves animals and has proven more than capable of managing the core tasks of his office in the time he has been there. The Forsyth County Board of Commissioners’ vote to transfer Animal Services to his jurisdiction shows that the majority of the board has confidence in his ability to manage the important task of ensuring animal welfare in Forsyth County.

Whit Davis

Winston-Salem

Service

In reference to the June 21 letter “Peaceful profession,” having grown up during the Vietnam War and being highly opposed to the conflict, I would be considered a “liberal.”

That being said, I would like to thank the letter writer and his fellow soldiers for their service. I understand the sacrifices they have made for me. I have morals, values and ethics. It is dangerous to classify “all” of every group as being the same.

Again, I thank him for his service. I really appreciate him.

Cindy Harrison

Clemmons

Some kind of treaty

The situation with Iran is starting to look scary. The U.S. and Iran are flexing their muscles toward each other and Iran is threatening to increase its uranium stockpile, which would be a serious danger in the volatile Middle East.

If only we had some … I don’t know, maybe some kind of a treaty with Iran. Something that would keep it from increasing its uranium stockpile, at least. Such a treaty might not solve all our problems, but it would eliminate the nuclear threat for now. If both sides — and we could include other nations, too — kept the terms of the treaty and refrained from breaking it, it might even build trust between our nations and allow future negotiations that would be good for the world.

Yes, a treaty of some kind. That could be very beneficial. If only someone had thought of that before the current threat.

Paul Doran

Winston-Salem

Unhelpful stance

Republican legislative leaders held uncontested power for so long that they have forgotten how to negotiate in a democratic setting.

They refuse to discuss accepting the available federal and private resources to entirely fund Medicaid expansion. As a result, more than 500,000 North Carolinians (most in working families) go without any regular health care — and more than 1,000 of them die prematurely each year.

That is morally beyond unconscionable. It must change.

Rep. Donny Lambeth criticizes Gov. Roy Cooper for insisting that Medicaid expansion be included in budget negotiations, and says that the possibility of delaying action on a new budget is a “big deal” (“State budget delay likely,” June 23). I suggest that the far bigger deal is the thousands who have died and the tens of thousands whose health has suffered due to this legislature’s repeated, pointless failure to accept Medicaid expansion funding.

It’s clear that the budget is the only opportunity this year to get health care to a half-million North Carolinians. Rep. Lambeth should reverse his unhelpful budget stance and call for his own party to cooperate and get this critical task done now.

Dan Besse

Winston-Salem

Besse opposed Lambeth in the 2018 election. — the editor

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