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LETTER: Both sides are responsible for trade agreements

Here we go again. Another writer not doing his homework, so biased he can't tell the rest of the story, or so blind he can't see that every politician and every party are equally guilty of malfeasance. Everybody from both sides bear equal responsibility for NAFTA and every other trade agreement, good, bad, or ugly.

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Monday 05/25/2015
LETTER: Bobby Isaac is finally getting his due
Updated: May 25, 2015 - 10:36 pm

It was so good to hear that Catawba County's own Bobby Isaac is finally being inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. I was at Hickory Speedway on that August night in 1977 when Bobby was taken to the hospital after pulling out of a race. He died of a heart attack later that night.

Saturday 05/23/2015
Our View: Praise and peace to our brave heroes
Updated: May 23, 2015 - 11:00 pm

It is fitting, on this Memorial Day weekend, that we recall the words penned by Lt. Col. John McCrea.

LETTER: Do not forget the debt we owe for our freedom
Posted: May 23, 2015

Memorial Day will be observed Monday. It’s a good day to exhibit peace and unity as we pause on this day to remember and give honor to the veterans who gave the ultimate sacrifice, and to their comrades who fought by their sides, and to the families who waited for their return!

LETTER: Say no to job-sucking trade deals
Posted: May 23, 2015

Trans Pacific Partnership: President Obama wanted fast-track authority to pass the TPP but was denied by the Senate. Every Republican voted for it along with one Democratic senator. Enough Democrats were against it because there was no protection for American jobs and more of them would go overseas.

Wednesday 05/20/2015
Letter: Renewable energy is the way to go
Posted: May 20, 2015

Great Presidents and economic leaders are known for their visions that have changed the course of history. Their names come to mind easily – President Kennedy landing a man on the moon, President Eisenhower and interstate highways, Henry Ford with automobiles and Andrew Carnegie with steel. President Obama's vision is an electrical system based on renewable energy.

Column: Imagination is often synonymous with creation
Posted: May 20, 2015

I saw a brief report on TV earlier this week about NASA’s solar sail project. It’s about a big, square, metal foil sail that NASA says could be the future of deep space exploration.

Letter: Eat safe over Memorial Day holiday
Posted: May 20, 2015

What ever happened to the good old days when the worst things we had to fear on Memorial Day were traffic jams and indigestion?

Letter: Thanks to everyone for successful Taste of Hickory
Posted: May 20, 2015

“Thank You” Hickory Daily Record for spotlighting the 2015 Taste of Hickory event in the May 14 Buzz edition, as well as on the front page of the May 18 paper. On behalf of Hickory Elks Lodge 1654 and the Lady Elks, we also appreciate all who attended as well as all the fabulous sponsors and exhibitors.

Tuesday 05/19/2015
Letter: Coaches teach much more than a game
Posted: May 19, 2015

The other night, our son finished his Hickory High baseball career with a loss in the state playoffs.

Letter: Issue not as simple as some would like
Posted: May 19, 2015

God made me this way: Wow! Great writing. Brave writer and brave people to step up and share.

Saturday 05/16/2015
LETTER: Bold heading Sunday was offensive
Posted: May 16, 2015

This letter is in regard to the Sunday edition on May 10. I was strongly offended about the bold heading “God made me this way” on the front page as well as articles on four other pages following.

LETTER: Bigotry is dying, love and support will win
Posted: May 16, 2015

I want to thank Daphne Chen and everyone at HDR for the bravery and support on the forefront of this revolution for the trans community.

Chairman explains county’s spending cuts
Posted: May 16, 2015

Dear Mr. Stevens (Your View, April 29):

Our View: Public deserves explanation from District Attorney
Updated: May 17, 2015 - 11:22 pm

Grand jury proceedings are sealed, and rightly so. Jurors are not involved in discovery or issuing a verdict. A grand jury’s responsibility is to determine probable cause in felony cases. It decides which charges should be prosecuted and which should not.

Friday 05/15/2015
LETTER: System biased toward black voters
Posted: May 15, 2015

The at-large method, combined with racially polarized voting essentially guarantees black voters cannot elect candidates of choice to the Catawba County Board of Commissioners, the Catawba County School Board, and the Hickory City Council (blend system).

LETTER: Surgery cannot change one’s gender
Posted: May 15, 2015

It is a fact that you cannot "change gender." You may become a masculinized female or a feminized male, but you are still the same sex as the day you were born.

Our View: Thumbs up to Kevin Campbell, Mildred Surratt; Thumbs down to politicians
Posted: May 15, 2015

THUMBS UP to the courage and dedication of Kevin Campbell, the Newton-Conover High School principal who never deserted his students in spite of a terrifying disease.

Wednesday 05/13/2015
Attitudes change, but good sense remains the same
Posted: May 13, 2015

Who would have thought that we would have had local breweries today? Few people, that’s for sure. And nobody would have predicted town officials would go out and try to find breweries to locate within the boundaries of their burgs.

Tuesday 05/12/2015
LETTER: No moral equivalent to jihadist murder
Posted: May 12, 2015

I've been watching the debate around the jihadist terrorist attack in Garland, Texas. I guess it's no surprise that many on the left suggest or outright declare that the American Freedom Defense Initiative group deserved what it got. They say that the group's cartoon contest was provocative and offensive to the extent that it justifiably motivated Muslims to attempt to murder the group.

LETTER: Thank the men and women in blue
Posted: May 12, 2015

This week is National Police Week. We invite you to join us is expressing a very special "thank you" to the men and women who serve, around the clock, year round, as the thin blue line, helping us to maintain the wonderful community in which we live. They are our heroes.

Letter: Sunday article insightful and apropos
Updated: May 12, 2015 - 11:17 am

Just a note re: Your reporting in the HDR Sunday lead article: “God made me this way.”

Letter: What a wonderful article Sunday
Updated: May 12, 2015 - 11:17 am

What a wonderful article and amazing and brave individuals featured in this article.

Letter: There is another way, God’s way
Updated: May 12, 2015 - 11:17 am

I am appalled that this Sunday's front page news along with 4 additional pages were about a homosexual's life. Forty-one percent of homosexuals attempt suicide because they are confused and need professional help from a Godly perspective. I think it's sad that these individuals who were made in the image of God are encouraged to explore their sexual desires instead of being helped by the Word of God. Yes, it is a choice.

Letter: You miss the mark once again
Updated: May 12, 2015 - 11:17 am

Mothers Day 2015. I pick up my Hickory Daily Record and the entire front page is about transgendered people. Not one mention of mothers. Mothers Day is one of the most traditional holidays we have. Instead of having stories about mothers on the front page we are treated to a subject that probably has no interest to 99 percent of your readers.

Letter: People don’t want to read this trash
Updated: May 12, 2015 - 11:17 am

I was appalled to open the HDR today (Sunday) and see the transgender article. Today is Mother's Day and how much space did the paper devote to our mothers? Your article should have never been printed for the paper. People in our area do not want to read this trash. God did not make those people "this way."

Letter: Story dishonored a special day
Updated: May 12, 2015 - 11:17 am

I am very disappointed in the front page news story of the HDR for May 10, 2015. I opened my e-edition fully expecting to see a salute to mothers but instead saw the story titled, "God made me this way." The timing of this article could not have been more inappropriate and sad.

Letter: Story not right for Mothers Day
Updated: May 12, 2015 - 11:00 am

We have all had a mother. Our society honors all worthy mothers one day a year.

Tuesday 05/05/2015
Free speech can be contemptuous
Posted: May 05, 2015

We are sensitive to the feelings of others, but free speech can be contemptuous of people and their conventions. The First Amendment – possibly our most cherished inalienable rights – protects expression, humorous or caustic.

Time to reduce federal footprint in classroom
Posted: May 05, 2015

WASHINGTON – The current K-12 education system is failing our students. Just 36 percent of eighth-grade students read at grade level and only 35 percent are proficient in math.

Our View: Free speech can be contemptuous
Posted: May 05, 2015

We are sensitive to the feelings of others, but free speech can be contemptuous of people and their conventions. The First Amendment – possibly our most cherished inalienable rights – protects expression, humorous or caustic.

Sunday 05/03/2015
Our View: Prosecutor’s decision a welcome sign
Updated: May 03, 2015 - 12:12 am

Baltimore’s chief prosecutor said it best: “No one is above the law.” Not even law officers.

Saturday 05/02/2015
LETTER: Violence strengthens racial stereotyping
Posted: May 02, 2015

This letter is in reference to the violence and civil disobedience in Baltimore due to the unfortunate and needless death of another young black man. This tragedy and others like it don’t call for the lawlessness and chaos that followed.

Sunday 05/03/2015
LETTER: Don’t think the Second Amendment is safe
Posted: May 03, 2015

Ralph Boles, David Turman and Cliff Moone seem to think the Second Amendment is safe under the federal government.

LETTER: Trade pact would sell out U.S. jobs
Updated: May 03, 2015 - 12:39 am

President Obama is pushing hard to get Congress to approve his trade pact with 11 Pacific Rim nations, the TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership). This is the latest in a long list of “free-trade” agreements that have been a disaster for the American people. Since NAFTA was passed in 1993, the U . S . has lost almost 5 million manufacturing jobs, 369,000 in North Carolina alone.

Friday 05/01/2015
Dad would agree with GOP assessment
Updated: May 01, 2015 - 3:56 pm

This is in reference to the HDR of April 28 referring to the remarks by Mr. Ralph Boles of Hickory in “Republican unhappy with party’s stances.”

HDR story was beneficial for Yokefellow
Posted: May 01, 2015

This is an open letter of gratitude for the wonderful story written by Gina Story that featured Caldwell County Yokefellow in the March 27 issue.

Thursday 04/30/2015
Keep, bear arms thing is antiquated
Posted: April 30, 2015

Reps Jay Adams and Mitchell Setzer are way out of line with their Second Amendment Preservation bill. The whole right to keep and bear arms thing is antiquated and even dangerous 240 years after the events that led to the inclusion of the 2nd Amendment in the Constitution.

Tracking guns OK if all criminals disarmed
Posted: April 30, 2015

I will gladly register my guns so you can track them only if several things happen.

Hooray for Baltimore mom’s tough love
Posted: April 30, 2015

My generation was largely accustomed to discipline. “Spare the rod and spoil the child” was employed, although without overstepping the bounds of child abuse.

Wednesday 04/29/2015
Churches’ silence equals consent
Updated: April 29, 2015 - 3:30 pm

The City of Hickory has many churches covering most all denominations, and the question comes to my mind: How many have become nothing more than social clubs caving to political correctness and accepting homosexuality and same-sex marriage, abortion, and men and women living together without benefit of clergy?

Government should reduce spending, not raise taxes
Updated: April 29, 2015 - 3:31 pm

I keep reading about how the state, Catawba County and now the city of Hickory are trying to make up lost revenue or budget shortfalls by increasing taxes and or fees.

Marijuana plan based on greed
Updated: April 29, 2015 - 3:31 pm

This is in response to the Record’s article on April 20, “420: Marijuana debate continues to burn.”

Tuesday 04/28/2015
States cannot nullify federal law
Posted: April 28, 2015

I write as a gun owner and strong supporter of the Second Amendment. I even agree with the present Supreme Court that the Second Amendment protects the right of gun ownership and use to individuals, not just militias. However, no right is absolute. Just as the Court has held that First Amendment free speech rights aren’t absolute, so it has held there can be reasonable restrictions on the right to own and bear firearms. That understanding is also explicitly stated in Article 1, section 30 of the NC Constitution regarding concealed weapons.

Republican unhappy with party’s stances
Updated: April 28, 2015 - 1:47 pm

I am a registered Republican, but I will admit the Clinton years were the best in terms of jobs and the economy in my lifetime, and the Iraq war was the worst foreign policy disaster since Vietnam. Tea Party extremism is hurting my party. With each passing day, on a state and national level, I question more and more if I can continue to call myself a Republican.

Why bother with more gun legislation?
Posted: April 28, 2015

Congress is controlled by Republicans. President Obama has about 18 months left in office. The state legislature is in the hands of Republicans. Our Second Amendment rights are about as secure as they are going to get.

Sunday 04/26/2015
Letter to the Editor: New nonprofit to help veterans
Posted: April 26, 2015

To the fortunate residents and businesses of Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Watauga and Wilkes counties: I challenge you to help disadvantaged veterans with children living in the area.

John Hood column: Please raise this tax
Posted: April 26, 2015

Never let it be said I am against all tax increases. Please raise the tax on state and local government bonds – immediately.

Friday 04/24/2015
Letter to the Editor: New demographics deserve careful study
Updated: April 24, 2015 - 2:21 pm

“Nazi apologetics” whined a critic (HDR Letters to the Editor, March 29), putting a noxious label on the self-evident truths in “Immigration has its costs,” my letter of March 26. In my letter, I argued that non-discriminatory immigration is changing Europe’s demographics to dangerous effect, is rapidly making the white population a minority in the United States and that this will prove a disaster for that group. I used numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau’s March report, “Projections of the Size and Composition of the U.S. Population: 2014 to 2060.”

Chris Fitzsimon column: A reminder of the rigged redistricting game
Updated: April 24, 2015 - 2:20 pm

The last few weeks have made clear again what government reform advocates have said for almost 30 years in North Carolina. Politicians should not be allowed to choose their voters, to draw their own districts for election to anything, Congress, the General Assembly or city council.

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