Letter to the Editor Contributor

Letter to the Editor Contributor

To the editor:

I am writing this letter to the Richmond County Commissioners and County Manager Bryan Land in response to the recent state investigation of the Richmond County Animal Shelter. 

Tuesday, 26 November 2019 14:59

LETTER: Tillis does not represent me

To the editor:

I recently wrote my representatives urging them to vote for the impeachment and removal of Donald Trump. Sen. Thom Tillis replied to my letter. His response was very disturbing. 

To the editor:

This week, the City of Hamlet, was stricken by tragedy.

Councilman Joe Robinson passed away suddenly at his home on Monday afternoon. Mayor Bill Bayless and I were on the scene within minutes after the emergency dispatch call came through and shared in the unspeakable heartache that no family should ever have to endure. 

It is impossible to process that less than a day before, he and I, his wife Terri, my wife Carrie, and three of his precious grandbabies were at the Hamlet City Lake assessing the progress there and feeding the ducks...making memories and enjoying life with each other. 

I wasn’t the city manager that day and he wasn’t a city councilman; we were two recently acquainted friends who were enjoying time with those who mattered the most to each of us. 

Joe looked at me and said, “Jonathan, you are doing a great job. The lake looks great and I can’t wait to see the progress continue here. Thank you for everything you have done for Hamlet.” 

We smiled, laughed, and took photos together. 

Joe meant so much to so many and the one word that everyone is hearing over and over in reference to Joe is, “kind.” God bless his memory, God be with his family, and God please look over all of us, one family, one community, one city, Hamlet, North Carolina.

- Jonathan Blanton, Hamlet city manager

To the editor:

This is a response to Michael Maharrey’s opinion article “In God you must trust — or we'll pass a law.”

Dear Editor,

Thank you for publishing my comments on the recent dog hunting situation where many of our friends and neighbors were charged with various violations after a multi-year long undercover sting operation by N.C. game wardens. I was pleasantly surprised at the conversations that ensued.

To the editor:

I just experienced one of the most emotional and heartwarming conversations ever. 

Ms. Antoinette Catalano is a disabled female that was traveling home to Tampa Florida, via Amtrak. Ms. Catalano and other passengers became engaged in some verbal disagreement and she was asked to leave the train for reasons unbeknownst to Hamlet Police officers. 

To the editor:

This is in response to Mr. Maples' defense and interpretation of the recent hunters being charged with various and numerous charges. 

To the editor:

I would first like to say I have the greatest respect for members of law enforcement and the military. I pray every day for their safety and success. I understand our system of government in the U.S. and N.C. and appreciate everyone involved. From the law makers to the individuals who devote their lives to enforcing those laws. Like many of you, there may be a few laws I disagree with, but like all of you, I am honor bound to follow them.

To the editor:

May 1 is gone, but certainly not forgotten. Now is the time for reaction, reflection, and even criticism — by all interested parties. 

To the editor:

There is an ongoing battle in the North Carolina legislature over whether to criminalize female genital mutilation (FGM). Why a battle? The mutilation of little girls’ genitals defies all standards of humanity and cries out as a hideous violation of human rights according to the United Nations and World Health Organization. The CDC estimates that 513,000 girls are at risk of FGM in the U.S.!

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