Label products with GMOs

I grew up watching Bill Nye the Science Guy, and loved his programs. I felt a whole new world was opened to me, and I learned a fascination for scientific exploration.

Recently, he made a statement that reminded me of why I admired him so much. He stated that he strongly supports GMO labeling, noting that he thought we should just “let the market sort it out.”

This should be a point of agreement between pro and anti-GMO proponents. We should be able to actively support whatever type of agricultural practices we agree with!

Most Americans have access to a plethora of articles and facts about GMO’s, and we cannot undermine their intelligence and agency, by not providing labeling for GMOs.

Large supermarket chains, like Harris Teeter, need to acknowledge our right to choose for ourselves, and the label the GMOs in their store brand products!

Meredith Glaubach

Raleigh

NCPIRG Campaign Manager

Mass shooting in a church

Showing hospitality to strangers, the members of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church welcomed Dylann Roof, a white male, to their Bible study discussing Mark 4:16-20, where Jesus explains that not all who hear the good news will bear fruit.

About an hour into the study on June 18, 2015 in Charleston, SC, Dylann Roof, shot and killed nine congregants. Before killing them, Roof said: “You are raping our women and taking over our country.” Roof’s goal was “to start a race war.”

Opinion leaders named racism, domestic terrorism, gun control, gun rights, mental health, Southern culture, immorality, or breakdown of the family as “What this was all about.”

Church Response

Mark Lockhard encourages the Christian community to become proactive, provocative, and to keep the conservation ongoing, even when things seem quiet.

Ruth Hawley-Lowry suggest several solutions, including speaking the word racism out load, as racism “informs everything in our nation, from food accessibility to education opportunities to prison sentencing the health care access to infant mortality to life expectancy.”

Personal Response

Sunday morning continues to be the most racially divided hour in the United States. As the demographics of our country change, churches must make an active effort to be more culturally diverse, or the work of Christ’s ministry through the church will die.

We can reach out to our neighbor that speaks limited English. We can monitor our thoughts when we see a group of teenagers different from our own race standing on the corner in hoodies. We can see every individual through the eyes of god.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn wrote, “Gradually it was disclosed to me that the line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either—but right through every human heart—and through all human hearts.”

Dixon S. Hall

Monroe

Some light in a heated debate

Thanks to Mr. Guyton (July 12, “American and its Gun Problem) for bringing some light into a heated topic. The idea that “guns always make bad things happen” is a vacuous sentiment that the Left has gradually deceived citizens into embracing. However, the remedy lies in asking a clean, simple question: {Where guns appear, is there a NET increase or decrease in these “bad things that happen?”

Statistics show that the homicide frequency is 182 times LOWER with permit holders than with the rest of the population. This fact is devastating to anti-gun faction, but many citizens will never hear it. If citizens had free access to a substantive debate on this topic most citizens would side with a common sense conclusion: The best way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.

In 1987, Florida became the first state to issue gun carrying permits. That year, the homicide rate in Florida plummeted from 44 percent above the national rate to 4 percent below it. At least 39 other states have seen similar results. Moreover, all but one of the public mass shootings have been stopped by a person who was carrying a handgun.

Then there are clever omissions. One sometimes hears that “58 percent of all homicides involve people who are ‘acquainted’ with each other.” The source almost never points out that this also includes CRIMinALS that are “acquainted,” most of them in street gang homicides. Of all shootings, 90 percent are committed by criminals, not by law-abiding people.

Readers who want to cut through all the political correctness should buy or consult John Lott’s “More Guns, Less Crime,” a mammoth study published as a book. Lott, a lawyer and economist, exposed anti-gun political deceptions like the ones described above. He examines 18 years of statistics, for every single one of the 3054 American counties. In one chapter, Lott even preempts and answers attempted rebuttals of his work, nevertheless, gracefully treating his detractors with respect/ Perhaps this is what has galled some of his opponents into making death threats.

J.M. Gibson

Wingate