To the extreme
After the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe, I read an article about a protest in Arizona. Pro-choice protesters surrounded the Arizona Senate building and reportedly threatened to break in to disrupt the ongoing Senate session. Security forces used tear gas to disperse the crowd.
I see some similarities with what happened on January 6th. I am not saying that the two situations are equivalent, but rather that they are symptomatic of something bigger. People who are seriously upset by something are increasingly likely to resort to confrontation and violence.
There is a kind of malaise in our culture. We elect more radical ideologues and fewer people able to work across the aisle to find compromises. This problem is now exposed before the Supreme Court. The rhetoric of some judges is incendiary, angering an already tense conversation.
If we the people elect even more ideologues left and right, our divisions will only intensify. If we are still looking for how we can score political points by solving problems in a balanced way, I fear more violence in our future. We have the capacity to favorably influence this by electing stable, intelligent and consensus-seeking people.
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I’d like to share my two cents on last week’s US Supreme Court abortion decision (June 24), which struck down Roe v. Wade and Casey v. Planned Parenthood.
In an earlier letter (June 6), I discussed the principle of law called stare decision (i.e. you should have a good reason to overturn a previous court decision).
The last three court appointees have said they will abide by this principle. However, it seemed to me that they couldn’t wait to ignore it to make a decision on the abortion.
The reasoning of Judge Samuel Alito, in a draft of his abortion decision, was laughable. He claimed that the right to abortion was not “deeply rooted in the history of this nation”.
Well, women didn’t have any other rights either when most states banned abortion in 1868. It took years and more sensible court decisions to give them the rights they deserve.
We will have to see if the right that women lost last week will soon be restored, but it may foreshadow the fight that is brewing for other logical rights.
They deserve it
I am a mother and school librarian at Brightwood Elementary School in Greensboro. Our Brightwood families want the best for their students and they do their best every day. Many of our caregivers work multiple jobs, help each other with childcare, and do what they need to do for their precious children. We are going through difficult times right now. We see families who desperately need affordable health care to take care of their physical, mental and emotional well-being. We need our legislators to embrace Medicaid expansion now.
Our schools have hourly workers like cafeteria staff and bus drivers who are paid well below the cost of living and who also have no health insurance because they work part-time. These people who transport and feed our children make education possible, and it is completely unfair that they have to go without the health care they need.
We need to improve the lives of 600,000 North Carolina residents. We need to pass the Medicaid expansion. We cannot care for the younger members of our community if our basic health needs are not met.
Talking trash can
I read the article “Leaving your trash outside? It could cost you dearly” with some trepidation.
A resident of my street has had his can at the curb for 10 days. This resident previously followed the “7-7-7” rule. The resident called the City of Greensboro to request a replacement due to the bottom of his box missing half of its square footage. City staff said to put the box on the street and it would be replaced in three to six weeks, possibly up to eight weeks. City staff did not seem concerned about the safety hazards, traffic issues, or neighborhood aesthetics described in the article.
That resident is me. I hope I don’t get a fine.