Readers’ Forum: Wednesday Letters | Letters


It’s a public good

My thanks to DD Adams and other members of the Winston-Salem City Council for their student loan resolution (“City Calls for Student Loan Forgiveness,” March 31). I appreciate the “public good” designation for higher education. Council member John Larson is right that plans need to be affordable and not lead to unfair debt, especially for at-risk groups.

Many plans have high interest rates, much higher than car loans and mortgages, with confusing repayment options. So yes, push the federal government to do something to improve these problems.

offense to logic

I found the letter “An Offensive Name” (April 3) an offense to sound logic.

The letter writer began by listing two specific name changes — the Dixie Classic Fair and the Washington Redskins — then made the jump to Wake Forest University’s teams name, Demon Deacons.

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It’s sloppy logic. “Dixie” is reminiscent of the Civil War and the slavery behind it. The Washington Redskins recycled an offensive slur about Native Americans. Changing both was a good step to weed out old offenses from our current midfield. “Demon Deacons”, on the other hand, only insults demons, real or imagined. The implied similarity simply does not exist.

By removing the false “parallelism”, there is nothing substantial left in the letter. Nothing to see there.

The reality of war

I appreciate the article “Myanmar leader vows to ‘annihilate’ opponents of military rule” (March 27, for revealing information often hidden from the public eye. Although protests against the Myanmar military have taken place across the country, they have received little media coverage. The reality that Myanmar is at war with its civilians stunned my peers as they don’t remember hearing about it.

The Myanmar government claims to have deployed armed forces to wipe out local militias, but evidence suggests that armed forces were used to wipe out innocent civilians. Because the army uses airstrikes and artillery barrages, my family and friends in Kayah State (Karenni State) are hiding in terror from their surroundings. It is not the militias that threaten the peace and safety of the innocent, but the Myanmar army that is a terrorist for its own people.

The use of armed force by the Myanmar military against its own people is not a one-time event.

After experiencing military cruelty from Myanmar in Karenni State, my family was forced to flee to refugee camps on the Thai-Myanmar border in the 1990s. We arrived in the United States as refugees in 2009 and moved to Winston-Salem, alongside other Karenni families. The oppressive actions of the Myanmar government are not new. It is time for the world to pay attention and denounce these atrocities. Although the situation in Myanmar may seem too distant to be aware of, its impact is actually closer than you might think.

A conversation

Here is my description of what I see happening in America today:

Republicans: “We need help with gas prices.”

President Biden: “We will release more gas from our oil reserves.”

Republicans: “Not like that.”

Biden: “We’re going to increase mileage standards for vehicles.”

Republicans: “Not like that.”

Biden: “Well, what do you want?”

Republicans: “We want you to drill for more oil!”

Biden: “It won’t bring immediate relief.”

Republicans: “This is what we want!”

Biden: “That would make it harder to transition from fossil fuels.”

Republicans: “This is what we want!”

Biden: “It will make climate change worse.”

Republicans: “This is what we want!”

Biden: “Pollution will kill more children.”

Republicans: “This is what we want!”

Biden: ‘Why do you want so much more oil drilling?’

Republicans: “Because you are against it!”


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