Drop Walter Williams

EDITOR: I applaud the StarNews for printing opeds with differing opinions, but why, oh why, do you continue to print Walter Williams? Please find some other columnist.

Williams’ column is usually incredibly insensitive, but his Oct. 23 column where he extols the virtues of price-gouging after a disaster was downright offensive. Quoting Williams regarding price gouging: “So what? It’s what their [price gougers] actions accomplish that’s important -- namely, getting people to conserve during a natural disaster.”

Tell that to the family who has a tree leaning on the roof of their rain-sodden, mold-growing house. According to Williams, it’s perfectly OK for a tree-removal company (or any company) to jack up prices because this price-gouging serves as a learning experience. Forget for a minute that the family can’t start making repairs and move back into their house until the tree is removed. According to Williams, this is an opportunity for people to learn to conserve. Obviously, Mr. Williams has never had such opportunity of his own. Lucky him.

Robin Van Vliet, Supply

Morgan will get job done

EDITOR: The voters of N.C. House District 19 need to pay attention to their choices in the midterm election. Democrat Marcia Morgan has run a positive campaign, focused on her qualifications and desire to work on problems affecting North Carolinians.

Her opponent, Rep. Ted Davis, has a dismal record, which shows no substantial effort to stop large chemical companies from polluting our water supply. Lately, Davis has resorted to TV ads that question Marcia Morgan’s honesty and accuse her of being unwilling to join him in solving the problem of toxic chemicals in our water supply. How absurd! Please vote for Marcia Morgan. She will get the job done for the citizens of District 19.

D.K. Medlin, Hampstead

Re-elect Justice Jackson

EDITOR: I hope your readers will join me in voting to re-elect Justice Barbara Jackson to the N.C. Supreme Court. Justice Jackson is deeply committed to upholding the Constitution, a critical attribute to have serving on the state’s highest court.

She has demonstrated her belief that the judiciary must apply the law, not legislate from the bench. She holds undergraduate and law degrees from UNC-Chapel Hill and an advanced legal degree from Duke University. She was a lawyer in various positions for 14 years prior to her 13 years on the N.C. Court of Appeals and Supreme Court. By contrast, neither of her opponents has even been elected to serve as a judge.

Justice Jackson is the only proven Republican/conservative candidate in this race. One, at the last minute, changed his party affiliation from Democrat to Republican, presumably to split the Republican/conservative vote, and has pled guilty in court to breaking the law.

The Democrat candidate supports ultra-liberal causes and sued to overturn the North Carolina Voter ID law that the majority of North Carolinians support. In my opinion, neither has the qualifications that I look for in a candidate for any judicial position, much less a position on our Supreme Court.

If you support the constitution, value conservative principles, strong personal integrity, judicial experience and impartiality, as I do, the choice is clear. Please join me in voting to keep Justice Jackson on the N.C. Supreme Court.

Helen Pannullo, Ocean Isle Beach

A compliment?

EDITOR: I so enjoy reading the letters to the editor and Buzz comments in the StarNews. They help me better understand the thought processors of my neighbors in my adopted state. Oh, my.

John Stowell, Southport

No respect

EDITOR: Our president should put the interests of our country above personal interests and lead with intelligent deliberation. He should not cozy up to dictators and alienate allies. He should not incite mob anger.

Creating tariff wars will likely increase the cost of many goods. Eliminating regulations will benefit a few and harm many. Tax cuts that benefit the wealthy the most will add to the deficit. Americans who expect better are more than upset. They are rightfully angry.

When Barack Obama was president, Republicans made a big deal about the deficit. Now they seem unconcerned by its 17 percent increase. They criticized Obama for playing too much golf, but are silent about Trump’s countless trips to his golf resorts and rallies. The world is laughing at the circus created by Trump, yet supporters are willing to overlook his egotism, lies, misogyny and racism. At rallies, they laugh when he insults and mocks people.

No other president has criticized his predecessors the way Trump has. To those who take offense at Democrats who criticize or protest, remember who set the example. Please consider all these things when voting and return our nation to higher standards and better policies. Make America respectable again!

Karen Dolan, Bolivia